Published: Thu, February 28, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

LeBron James sounds off again after Lakers loss to Pelicans

LeBron James sounds off again after Lakers loss to Pelicans

"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'". Their record this season of 13-19 against teams.500 or above is already an issue when it comes to being a real contender and the only other team with a shot at the postseason with a record worse than that is Minneota, now tied with them in the standings.

But five months after James began training with the Lakers, the perfectly scripted finale has been stuck in what entertainment industry executives call "development hell". There was never a hint that King James would become Kings James, but you never like to see your rival land one of the greatest players in the history of the league.

The Lakers are going small on Wednesday with Rondo starting and shifting Reggie Bullock, Brandon Ingram, Lebron James, and Kyle Kuzma up a spot in the lineup. "If you don't want to be traded or you don't want to be talked about, step up". James' age has shown this season, with a nagging groin injury preventing him from playing in 17 consecutive games earlier this season, his longest stretch sidelined since his middle school days. The young point guard has missed more than a dozen games since January after he suffered an ankle sprain.

Pelicans’ Davis expected to play Friday
That set the tone for the night, as the Lakers played from behind for the majority of the game despite humming along offensively. Jahlil Okafor filled in for Davis in the starting lineup, and the Pelicans hung 42 points on the Lakers in the first quarter.

Ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers' (29-31) matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, James posted a photo of him grinning ear-to-ear with the caption, "Wow Life is GREAT!" in an effort to be nearly eerily positive. And I love the positive mindset that we have, even with the struggle that we've had the last 10 games. So losing Game 1 to Houston, it feels the same way as losing Game 59 in New Orleans to me.

The only problem is James might be guilty of letting himself get distracted off the court. But he's also been lambasted for seemingly giving up on the Lakers.

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.

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