RUI Hachimura’s Los Angeles Lakers debut has been spoiled by the crash of the streaming platform Rakuten, which broadcasts NBA games in Japan.
Hachimura, 24, became the first Japanese-born player in Lakers history after coming off the bench in Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Lakers acquired Hachimura in a trade with the Washington Wizards earlier this week.
LA sent Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks to bring in the former lottery pick.
The forward missed the Lakers’ loss to the LA Clippers on Tuesday.
But he made his debut for the Purple and Gold the following day, checking in with four minutes and 22 seconds left in the first quarter of the matchup with the Spurs.
But during the game, NBA fans from Japan took to Twitter to complain they couldn’t watch Hachimura in play because of NBA Rakuten’s crash.
One wrote: “The only way to watch NBA in Japan is through NBA Rakuten and with the Rui Hachimura’s debut game coming up between the Lakers and Spurs, the site has crashed… so possibly no way to catch the game live here in Japan at this moment.”
Another tweeted: “NBA Rakuten app crashed in Japan because of Rui Hachimura’s debut for the Lakers.”
And a third said: “There are many games to come, but there were many fans that really wanted to watch Rui coming on to the floor for the first time wearing purple & gold.No clear explanation from Rakuten yet, very disappointing.”
Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell confirmed the news during the game.
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