With the Lakers now sitting in 11th place in the Western Conference standings at 29-31, LeBron James says his team is still in a good place, despite their recent struggles. If you can be the savior and drag this team into the playoffs then you can get away with some of the nonsense in terms of the comments that you just mentioned or taking plays of on defense or taking games or weeks off on defense.
James didn't just ooze positivity with the things he said Wednesday, though. "You want to feel like you're fighting for something". He sounds cheery right now, but that could change quickly if the Lakers continue to drop in the standings.
This season hasn't been particularly abysmal for him as an individual - he's on par with his career averages in just about every meaningful category - but the positive vibes he's sending out don't seem to match up with the Lakers' recent shortcomings. I don't really see this Lakers team making the playoffs, but I'm more curious about how that plays around L.A. Keep knocking on the door. With his ability to get a steal and pressure the offensive point guard and then push the pace for us, get into our early offense. "Because a lot of it will get twisted and headlines will read something totally different than what was said. But at the end of the day, a loss is a loss and no matter what way you spin it, you still put an L in that column". The SuperBook's Las Vegas odds on the Lakers staying out of the Western Conference's top eight is at -350, meaning gamblers will need to bet $350 to net $100 on LeBron sitting the postseason. "It should hurt that we lost, that we went 0-2 on this trip".
"What we didn't anticipate is that LeBron James would look less than what we know LeBron James to be". That's all that we can control as a group.
LeBron wanted the players to shun out distractions, because only those who could would be worthy of that Lakers jersey. "We sit down and we discuss it and we talk to him and we try to do what we think is best for the franchise and he understands it, so there's no animosity at all toward it".