The Lakers pulled off a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans behind Lebron James and Brandon Ingram. The playoffs are still a long shot for the historic franchise. If they do not make it to one of the top eight teams in the West the blame should lie on the supposed “GOAT”. Here is why.
Lebron’s a destructive locker room presence.
It’s really not a great idea to openly tell the world that you don’t think your team is good enough. It’s even worse to basically tell them you hope they are traded. James has always manipulated management based on his needs but the Lakers front office has allowed him to unwillingly be their mouthpiece.
The Lakers are a young core that have spent most of their young lives watching Lebron James dominate the league. They strived to be Lebron, they played him on video games, wore his jersey, pretended to be him when playing pickup games in the park. When you get the once in a lifetime chance to be on his team you hope that it is everything you dreamed. Instead you are told you are not good enough and openly disrespected. While he is the one that takes the criticism in the media they are the ones that the blamed is cast upon.
Lebron and Luke Walton were never going to work.
Luke Walton was a hot commodity when he was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers. The fill in for Steve Kerr for a handful of games in 2015 impressing may around the league leading the Warriors to a historic 39-4 start. Walton had a team that was built around multiple players that were willing to work hard as a unite. All they needed was a string leader to set the course and they would execute to the highest level.
Lebron James is not the type of player that wants to be lead. He is the type of player that wants you to fall in line, that is the same with his coach. To many times we have seen Lebron run a coach out of town. David Blatt made it to the finals and was fired the next year because of Lebron. It’s his way or the highway. Luke Walton is young enough and bold enough to step up to Lebron, which is not a good thing for his career.
Lebron is more worried about the summer then the team.
I love the set-up of the All-Star game over the last two years. This year especially showed why it can be very interesting. If you checked the roster of team Lebron it featured Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. There is no coincidence that the core of his roster was comprised of potential running mates for next season. Lebron knows that his team his not good enough to beat the Warriors right now so why should he give max effort, he can just wait until the summer so that the excuse can be that he needs help. Lebron always needs help. If Lebron loses it’s because the players around were not good enough.
Telling the world “playoff” Lebron is kicking hasn’t seemed to help his effort on the defensive end. What about “playoff” Lakers? Shouldn’t that be what he is focused on. The King is the greatest player of my generation. I was never able to watch Jordan in his prime while I was old enough to appreciate it, so sadly I am stuck with Lebron, a selfish player that thinks about excuses rather than taking ownership. It’s cool though this summer the Lakers will probably sign someone to play alongside him and become the new scape goat.