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Lakers fans are going through life changes right now, but their loyalty remains inspiring. However one notable Laker may have either shown a noble example of sportsmanship, or an obvious sign of betrayal.

Losing to the Knicks 116-107, the Lakers clocked their fourth straight defeat last night.

After the game Magic Johnson hit Twitter to offer an apology to super Knicks fan, Spike Lee, for (foolishly?) thinking that the Lakers would win. “I have to apologize to my friend @SpikeLee for believing my @lakerswould beat the Knicks…”

Oh, but it didn’t end there. Johnson among the most noted former Lakers players in history scolded his one-time team like a true patriarch. “The @lakers defense is awful, giving up 41pts in the 1st qtr….the most the Knicks have scored in one quarter this season,” he wrote. “Charles Barkley was right…Dwight Howard picked up 2 fouls that he should never commit!”

Even with solid numbers put up by Kobe Bryant (31 points), Metta World Peace (23 points), and Dwight Howard (20 points), the team still couldn’t pull out a “w.” New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni received an icy reception stepping foot back on Knicks’ territory for the first time since landing his new job. Fans booed him as he came out.

The star of the game was easily Carmelo Anthony who earned 31 points in 21 minutes, before bowing out in the third with an ankle injury. “Carmelo was a video game tonight,” said Jason Kidd. “He’s been doing it all season. He just lets the game come to him. Nothing was forced tonight. I can’t count a bad shot for him in the last few games. That’s what the special players do.”

Knicks play Cleveland Saturday.

Photo: Oprah