LOS ANGELES – With the playoffs already out of the picture, LeBron James and the Lakers played in Sunday's 111-106 win over the Sacramento Kings –
"I would never cheat myself, "James told Spectrum SportsNet in his on-court interview, after recording his eighth triple-double of the season (and 81st of his career) with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. "I know we're out of the playoff race, but I'm on the court, I'm going to play I play, and I play to win."
"There's such a thing called 'game gods.'
After the contest, James expounded on his approach to the 32- & nbsp ;, and they're watching no matter what they're doing, and it's our obligation to go out and be a professional. " 41
I'm on the floor, I've got to play the game floor, through the basketball gods, I've always respected the basketball gods, "he said." If I'm on the floor, I've got to try it as hard as I can not cheat the game. So, I'm going on the floor, I'm in the uniform, then I've got to try to make things happen.
"Not saying I'm going to make every shot, not saying I'm going." to make every play or not to do any turnovers, and I just say, I was on the floor tonight, and I was ready to make a couple of plays to help make our team win. "
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Lakers coach Luke Walton has said that in a lost season, he has not gotten his way by being part of the NBA.
"I've talked to the team about it as a lot, as far as it's about honor and privilege to play this league, and we're coaching in this league, for all of us, "Walton said. "This game of basketball has been allowed to have incredible opportunities in life."
"I've talked to Bron sporadically throughout the season. But the thing – he knows it. And I think he takes it very seriously. He's been the face of the NBA for many years now. He's taking that responsibility, he's taking it very seriously. "
James, who is on the first year of a four-year, $ 153.3 million deal with the Lakers, acknowledged his place in the game .
"Man, that's just my love of the game. Io it to myself, and obviously with the fans continuing to show up, they are not making the playoffs; I'm out on the floor, "he said." So, just appreciate them continuing to show up. I owe it to myself.
He echoed on Instagram from his account on Sunday morning when he made a direct appeal to Lakers fans.
James in Lakers' final possession in Friday's home loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
"It does not."
"It does not factor into that; it factors in when I'm on the floor, "James said." I've got on the floor. Like I said, I did not feel great today, but I felt good enough to go out there, and I just trusted myself and trusted my decision. "