LeBron James was asked if the pressure of it all was becoming a distraction to his team.
“At this point if you are still allowing distractions to affect how the way you play, then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of and you should just come and be like, ‘Listen, I don’t [think this is for me]. I cannot do this,'” James said following a 110-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
The Lakers’ are now 0-2 on their road trip after their 19-point comeback victory over the Houston Rockets in their first game out of the All-Star break last week.
With 22 games remaining in the regular season, the Lakers are tied for 10th in the Western Conference standings, trailing the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth and final playoff spot by three games.
“Like, seriously, if you’re distracted by playoff pushes out of all the stuff that’s been talked about this year, nah,” James said. “Just come and do your job. We do our job at a high level and that’s not a distraction. That’s what you want. That’s what you want every game. You want to feel like you’re fighting for something.”
Lakers’ LeBron James after loss to Grizzlies (via @SpectrumSN): “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.’” pic.twitter.com/s3gHiuhODx
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 26, 2019
James still expressed optimism that they can turn it around.
“Just stay positive. That, you know, starts with me,” James said. “I just got to stay positive. Keep knocking on the door. And I felt like if we play like we did tonight, then we got to continue that consistent effort, that will get us over the hump as we make this push.”
LeBron has his motivation hat on.
We’ll see if it works after he practically tried to trade everyone away for Anthony Davis.
Had he just been ALL IN on these guys from the get go, maybe they would be playing much harder.
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