LeBron James dissatisfied with the Lakers’ inability to close games and officiating

January 17, 2023

LeBron James, the great player for the Los Angeles Lakers, joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only player in the history of the NBA to achieve 38,000 career points on Sunday night. The Lakers narrowly lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, but LeBron has previously stated that he doesn’t like to create records in losing performances.


The Lakers had a chance to win this game for the second time in a row but came up short. The Lakers were able to make a stop in this situation, but James did not touch the ball on their final possession, and Russell Westbrook was unable to get a good jumper off over Joel Embiid of the 76ers.


James was visibly upset after the Lakers’ loss, but he was quiet about it. The Lakers star remarked after the game, “We got a stop and allowed ourselves to win the game, and we didn’t.


LeBron once again shone on the night, scoring 35 points, dishing out ten assists, and pulling eight rebounds. But he made it plain that he was frustrated with the Lakers for coming so close but falling short.


“Just disappointing getting in those spots and being unable to win.”


James afterward spoke on social media about his displeasure with the final-quarter officiating, which has been a recurring issue in recent weeks.


LeBron reiterated his previous response when asked whether he thought a timeout should have been called on the Lakers’ final possession because they had a chance to win but failed to capitalize on it. But James is anticipating being able to quickly forget about this setback when the Lakers visit the Houston Rockets.


The potential to quickly redeem oneself is the best part of this league, according to LeBron. “Despite all the nonsense, tomorrow is still a chance for you to improve. Tomorrow is our next game, and we must be prepared to battle the young, quick, and spirited Houston Rockets club.


Despite this setback, the Lakers are still amid a tight Western Conference playoff chase, with just a few games separating the fifth spot from elimination. Even a disappointed LeBron can see the progress this club has made, as the Lakers have done well to put themselves back in the mix following their slow start to the season.


He said, still sounding unhappy, “We’re better than the start of the season.”

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