"At this point, if you are still allowing distractions to affect how the way you play, then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of and you should just come and be like, 'Listen, I can not do this", James told reporters. We do our job at a high level and that's not a distraction. Unless something changes in the DNA of the team in fast fashion, bleak is the best way to describe the outlook for the rest of the Lakers season.
That's a similar situation to the one that they are now facing, but there's a significant difference this time around, it appears that most of the team, including LeBron James, has checked out.
James was steaming after Los Angeles fell on the road 128-115 Saturday night to the listless New Orleans Pelicans.
"Just stay positive. That, you know, starts with me", James said. That's what you want. "If LeBron doesn't miss 17 straight games (with a groin injury), they are probably right in the thick of it, just as they were before he went down".
Rondo has gotten worse every game since the Christmas day rout of the Warriors.
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He was given free relief, carved a punch 6-iron under the tree limbs and two-putted from 50 feet for an unlikely par. Woods now takes a week off before returning for back-to-back events at the Bay Hill and The Players.
James, who was reminded by a reporter that the Lakers' longest win streak of the season is only four games, kept pointing to sunny skies ahead.
In the 13 games the Lakers have played without their starting point guard, they've gone 4-9.
Ball has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans and according to Lakers head coach Luke Walton, there is now no timetable for his return. And with 22 games left on the schedule, Paul Pierce suggested shutting down the Lakers star.
While explaining what L.A. ideally would have done on that possession, Walton essentially exonerated James even though the optics of the video made it look like James gave no effort on the play. Losing game one to Houston, it feels the same way as losing game 59 in New Orleans, for me.
Much like the team he inherited after being chosen by the Cavaliers in 2003, James has had to work from the ground up to get a team to the playoffs in the midst of a postseason drought.