Los Angeles Lakers were defeated the last 6 out of 7 times they stepped onto the court, according to The Daily Wire.
LeBron James seems to be losing his cool as he makes headlines again for the second time in a week.
The NBA will have a tournament to determine which teams go into the post-season playoff games.
“Whoever came up with that s**t needs to be fired,” James said.
“One thing you can’t just do is go straight to the playoffs because it discredits the 60-plus games that guys had fighting for that position,” James said according to NBC Sports.”
“You got Portland. You got Memphis … New Orleans and Sacramento tinkering around there … so if there’s five or ten games left … why not those guys battle it out? Make them play each other all five games?”
LeBron has been off the court for 20 straight gamers due to an ankle sprain.
“I know getting back to 100% is impossible. I’ll never get back to 100% in my career,” James said. “But I felt comfortable where I knew I could get on the floor and help my team win.”
From The Daily Wire:
The winner of the 7-8 matchup will advance to the first round of the playoffs while the loser will play the winner of the 9-10 matchup to determine the final playoff team in each conference.
It’s a position that no one thought the Lakers would find themselves in ahead of the 2021 season, and James isn’t taking it well.
After a 121-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night, the four-time MVP turned his ire toward the NBA’s play-in tournament.
The play-in tournament was agreed upon in the offseason following a negotiation between the NBA and the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association). It’s worth noting that James supported the play-in tournament before the NBA resumed in 2020 following the stop in play due to the pandemic.
It’s the second time in less than a week where James made headlines.
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After missing 20 consecutive games with a high ankle sprain — the longest absence of his career — James returned to the floor Friday night in Sacramento. After a four-point loss to the Kings, James seemed dejected when asked about the injury.
It was an unusual moment for James, a player seldom known to show weakness, and one that should be cause for concern for a Lakers organization attempting to repeat as champions.
The implementation of the play-in tournament comes after years of debate, and in a regular season shortened by ten games, adds a level of intrigue the NBA desperately needs. To this point, the season has been a slog, to say the least. The league has been gutted by injuries to star players, and the result has been a level of sloppy play not seen in years past.
Regardless of James’ feelings toward the new playoff format, he may have no choice but to participate. The Lakers have a brutal schedule to finish the regular season, with games against Denver, Portland, Phoenix, and the Clippers, among others.
To add to the Lakers misery, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced Monday that guard Dennis Schroder is expected to miss an “extended period of games” because of the league’s health and safety protocols. It will be the second Covid-related absence this season for the Lakers point guard.
James may want to stop whining and focus on the last eight games, because his pursuit of a fifth title could get a whole lot harder if he doesn’t.