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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers faces criticism

Published March 26, 2024 at 2:55 PM

As the Lakers secure another win, it's a valuable addition to their quest for a play-in spot. However, for LeBron James, the upcoming results ultimately hold little significance.

While the Lakers recently overcame the 76ers in a tighter game than expected, Darvin Ham's team now stands at 9th in the Western Conference with a 38-32 record, edging out the Warriors. They are still 2.5 games behind the Kings, with the Suns and Mavericks trailing. Regardless of the outcomes, it's going to be challenging for LeBron James and his team to bypass the play-in.

LeBron James candid about the Lakers' season finale.

Unless there's a turn of fortune and favorable outcomes, the Purple and Gold will have to navigate an additional round to aim for the playoffs. Nevertheless, this isn't necessarily a concern for LeBron James, who recognizes that standings aren't everything. For the Lakers, the priority is maintaining a healthy squad and being prepared when the time comes.

Yeah, that's a very "barely over .500 club" thing to say.

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For DeMarcus Cousins, becoming a teammate of LeBron James is definitely not for everyone, especially not at the Lakers. Yet, Anthony Davis manages it perfectly, even though he won't be spared as the play-in and potential playoffs approach.

"That's just the territory that comes with being a teammate of LeBron James, because greatness always comes with him...I think that plays a huge part in the criticism [Anthony Davis] receives."

on why AD gets so much criticism.

Anthony Davis has exceeded expectations this season, establishing himself as one of the top defenders in the league right from the start. In a season that has seen him unusually free from injury, Davis boasts averages of 24.4 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game, with a shooting accuracy of 55.4%. He ranks fifth in the league for blocks, averaging 2.4 per game.

However, despite his impressive performance, Davis has faced criticism and negative remarks throughout the season as the Lakers have struggled with losses. Currently positioned 9th in the Western Conference, the team's performance this season falls short of fans' championship expectations.

With LeBron James in his 21st season and the window for success narrowing, the urgency for Anthony Davis to step up and reduce the load on his celebrated teammate is more pressing than ever. Although no trades seem on the horizon at the moment, anything less than stellar performance from Davis in the coming months could lead to significant discussions about his future.

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