LeBron James says the Lakers need to get out of their comfort zone and show a sense of urgency. After failed attempts to connect, the teams eventually spoke and the Lakers went on to submit an array of proposals.
The Lakers are now in 11 position in the western conference and have lost six of their past eight clashes and are in real danger of missing the playoffs. Take a look at his defense last night and you tell me if the King really cares if the purple and gold play postseason basketball.
On the other end, their offense rating ranks 29th over the last five games (104.6), which is unsurprising considering how many possessions they've thrown away while committing a league-high 18.2 turnovers during that span.
Afterward, LeBron James spoke to the media about the team's performance and why he doesn't want to hear about how the players are "distracted".
"If you don't want to be traded, if you don't want to be talked about - step up".
"... If you want to be a guy that doesn't get traded, you gotta step up".
"Everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to", he said.
"We obviously miss another ballhandler, another playmaker", James said. Just come and do your job.
Much of that slide can be attributed to James' prolonged absence due to a groin injury, with the 34-year-old missing all of January before returning for a 123-120 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on February 1. "What we didn't anticipate was that LeBron James would look less than we know LeBron James to be (with the Lakers)". Losing game one to Houston, it feels the same way as losing game 59 in New Orleans, for me.
New Orleans held Davis out of the Saturday game against the Lakers to "rest" him as the team continues to limit his playing time after retaining his services at the trade deadline.
The Grizzlies are by no means known for their high-powered offense, but they scored 31 points in the first quarter against the Lakers and finished the game with 110 points.