After their recent nominee for the "most disappointing loss of the season," the Los Angeles Lakers sought leaders. Someone who wants to be in this season and maybe change direction. In came LeBron James.
Asked when he might get nervous about missing out on the playoffs, he gave the kind of response you would want to hear from the locker room leader and the savior of a franchise that has not yet won a playoff game since he won his first title (via Spectrum SportsNet):
"Either you make it or you can not make it. That's when you worry about it.
Well, certainly not everything was so bad after the game, was it?
At least when James was asked if the team might lose focus as the trading period approached, he admitted a definitive answer that would reassure everyone:
"That's a possibility."
Alright, at least he had to have an inspirational message as the team prepares for a long break from each other, Anything that anyone can really bring home after the All-Star Break to fully return:
"You need to decompress and escape the game … Get new thoughts, get your body right Okay, at least that was closer.
Honestly, given the kind of effort he'd almost lost on Tuesday night at the Atlanta Hawks,it was quite fitting that he only half used the postgame scrum except for this final quote.
Everyone involved in this season (myself and others who have joined the team) desperately needs the next week or so. The Lakers are limping into the weekend and need to be ready to press the sprint button once they're back, finding two and a half games behind a few hungry teams hoping to keep them out of the postseason.
Whether or not the locker room to which they all return looks like the one who goes into that break is a whole different story, but LeBron's comments serve a purpose: they highlight how stressful the past few weeks have been and everything seemed to come Tuesday night in Atlanta.
At the moment, the Lakers only have to gather around the team president, who said the media needs them and a superstar who does not have to worry about missing the playoffs until it's obviously too late.
Can this season end?
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