One NBA executive believes that the links between Davis and the Lakers - and James's open embrace of a player not on his team - seriously hindered the Lakers' team chemistry.
The Lakers took yet another embarrassing loss, this time to the Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans - even after LeBron James activated his playoff mode - which only shows just how maligned this locker room really is at the moment. After the game, James told reporters the team can't be "afraid to get uncomfortable". "You've got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I don't know. To me, it's very insignificant, anything that happens other than the play on the floor".
Johnson's speech was aimed at telling his guys they must be professional - but that is a lot easier said than done, especially when most of those involved have only been playing in the league for three years of less. "If we were playing the Baltimore Claws, we would sit him out that game too, OK?"
James added: "The last few years, everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to". The Pelicans could be subject to fines of up to $100,000 per game for sitting Davis when he is completely healthy.More news: Top House Democrats demand details of Trump North Korea outreach
Davis has been averaging 36 minutes a game this season, but is expected to see that drop to 20-25 minutes in the second half of the campaign. In lieu of being paid, the players were given equipment and furniture from the Claws' offices.
'It's not personal because there are players and coaches over there that I have a great relationship with, but to get a win against old team-mates is always cool, ' Randle said. Holiday prefers playing shooting guard and will now be able to do that after Payton's return from injury. He was ideal on eight shots from the field and tied a season high with 18 points.
"LeBron's frustrated, it's been a frustrating season, it was going to be tough in the transition but he didn't think it was going to be this tough", Carter said on First Things First. It's just one of 82.
But their latest particularly agitated James, who questioned if his younger teammates had the requisite experience or sense of urgency needed to pull the team into the Western Conference playoffs. He will nearly definitely become a candidate in Cleveland.