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Lakers fans ask LeBron James for ‘Taco Tuesday’ chant and he starts it

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles and joins in on the “taco tuesday” chant from the bench during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on October 29, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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For Lakers fans, the chance to win two free tacos can be the thing they care most deeply about at the end of games. The promotion is if the Lakers win and hold the opposing team under 111 points (up this season from the previous 100), Lakers fans get a coupon as they exit the building for two free Jack in the Box tacos.

Tuesday night, Lakers fans were getting their tacos as their team pulled away and beat the Grizzlies (behind a 40/20 night from Anthony Davis) and won 120-91.

That led to a “Taco Tuesday” chant breaking out in Staples Center — with LeBron James starting it at the urging of the crowd, then dancing along to it.

It’s all about the tacos.

And we know how LeBron feels about Taco Tuesday — he sent free tacos to first responders fighting the fire and trying to save his home. LeBron loves Taco Tuesday even if he can’t get royalties from that chant.

As someone who grew up in Los Angeles and loves a good taco, I have to add this:

When you leave Staples Center and walk back to your car, just outside LA Live, you have to pass a woman with a food cart selling carne asada street tacos, freshly made with homemade salsa on top — tacos are VASTLY superior to those things Jack in the Box serves. This is Los Angeles, you can throw a rock and hit a place — a restaurant, a food truck, a cart — that does quality tacos, this is a city blessed with amazing Mexican food on every corner. I get it, free food is free food, and after a couple of IPAs those fast-food tacos look better and better. Take the coupon. But then walk over to the lady with the cart and get a real taco and enjoy that instead.