LeBron Calls out Team for Allowing Media Distractions to Affect Their Play

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Despite rostering arguably the best player in the world, the Los Angeles Lakers (29-31) are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

Those kind of comments are unlikely to endear him to a locker room which has reportedly been in turmoil since the team's pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis ended in failure in early February.

Memphis led 105-98 with 1:42 left, but a 3-pointer from Kuzma and a three-point play from James pulled the Lakers within 105-103 with a minute left.

"Starts with me", he said after the loss to the Grizzlies on Monday dropped the Lakers three games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"Like, seriously, if you're distracted by playoff pushes out of all the stuff that's been talked about this year, nah".

Andrew Sharp: I believe I said I don't see LeBron being on an above average defense for the rest of his career, just because of the way he's wired at these days in the regular season, and I think we're seeing that come to fruition. "We're the ones that are going to make things happen or not, so we can't let outside distractions get in our way". That's what you want.

The Lakers have been favored in four of the last five games they've lost outright, so if you'd have backed the opposing team, you'd have received a great payout. "You want to feel like you're fighting for something".

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After the game, the three-time National Basketball Association champion approached reporters in the locker room and bashed his team's overall effort.

James put up a triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Much like the team he inherited after being chosen by the Cavaliers in 2003, James has had to work from the ground up to get a team to the playoffs in the midst of a postseason drought.

This was not the vision when LeBron James joined the Lakers in last offseason's blockbuster move to L.A. James has publicly criticized his youth-laden surrounding cast but, after Monday's loss, he offered positive reinforcement and coach Luke Walton said he was pleased with the team's effort and poise. "Keep knocking on the door", he said.

This will be Davis' first game at Staples Center in front of the Lakers' fan base since Paul told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Davis wanted to be traded.

"What we didn't anticipate is that LeBron James would look less than what we know LeBron James to be". "So that's where we need our mindset to be".

LeBron wanted the players to shun out distractions, because only those who could would be worthy of that Lakers jersey. And I think that's just a factor of aging and his mortality, and I think that's what we're seeing this season.

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