Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LeBron James was not calling out teammates in 'distractions' quote

LeBron James was not calling out teammates in 'distractions' quote

The Lakers (29-31) have lost four of five and dropped to 11th in the Western Conference.

A chastening sequence of results has included the heaviest defeat of James' career, a 136-94 pounding by the Indiana Pacers, as well as losses to lower-ranked opponents who have little to play for.

When LeBron James inked a mega-deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, plenty of folks around Sacramento were disappointed.

Following another loss to a sub-.500 team Monday evening in Memphis, James continued to express his opinions.

"If you're still allowing distractions to affect the way you play, this is the wrong franchise to be a part of and you should just come in and be like, 'Listen, I can't do this, '" James said.

After the Lakers' loss to the Pelicans on Saturday - with Davis on the bench - James implied the Lakers' inexperience was harming their playoff hopes. That courtship created a circus-like atmosphere around the Lakers, targeting numerous Lakers' younger players like Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, all who were mentioned in possible packages to acquire Davis.

The fans demand results, and James needs to deliver.

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Ingram was subjected to taunts of "LeBron's gonna trade you" during the loss to IN on February 5. At least one National Basketball Association executive thinks so.

One NBA executive told Bleacher Report that James' attempts to get Anthony Davis to the Lakers may have destabilised the locker room.

Other pundits, however, believe the Lakers' problems are linked directly to James' fitness and his lengthy injury layoff. "I can not do this, '" James said after the game, via ESPN. Something is not right.

On what looked like it could be a really good mini road trip for the Lakers, these past two games might have been what ends the Lakers season. "He doesn't look like himself".

However, James is keeping an optimistic outlook as he aims to avoid missing out on the playoffs for the first since the 2004-05 season.

The Lakers' star is facing some criticism for what he posted on social media after the game, though. "Twenty-three games left. We'll see what happens".

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