“This guy isn’t Cuban”, “The team performs and flows better without him?”

Los Angeles Lakers fans are jumping for joy right now as their beloved Purple and Gold are on a three-game winning streak. Anthony Davis takes the offensive load, while Russell Westbrook and the rest of the team support him. The Lakers are currently getting the job done without their captain, LeBron James.

It’s a good sign for the Los Angeles Lakers that they no longer have to rely on James to win games. However, the victory in his absence put the fans under the impression that the team is better without him. Many people on social media started calling out LBJ and expressing their feelings. Some of them want James to leave L.A., while others wish he’d actually retire.

Some fans even address the fact that the Lakers win without James controlling the ball. They’ve noticed that the ball’s spin flows better now that he’s temporarily out of the lineup.

Two Twitter users pointed out:

“LakersNation we all see it but no one is willing to say it @ Lakers win without ball domination @ @KingJames time to make a move…that guy ain’t Kobe Yo…better load on the guys”

“Nobody can help but ask, is the Lakers’ recent success the result of @KingJames lifting his team’s morale on the field or is the team just performing and flowing better without him?”

No one can help but ask, he is @tweet Result success @tweet Lifting his team’s morale on the field or does the team just perform and flow better without him? 🧐 https://t.co/Zb6ZsyZBsg

Here are some fan reactions:

Lakers are better without @tweet 3-0 since he got out

@tweet @tweet Much better than the ones the LOL Lakers are currently putting on a 3-game winning streak without this clown

So basically @tweet Better play without @tweet Because they are afraid to play Dai when he is active?

The Los Angeles Lakers are better off without LeBron James in the lineup, that’s a fact.

Is it just me, or do I? @tweet Looks much better without @tweet??? That doesn’t mean LeBron isn’t good. But maybe, just maybe, your team shouldn’t build a system around an old athlete who can’t stand them anymore…

@tweetReporter @tweet Play better and fluently without @tweet And shoot a better %3Trade LeBron right now

I’m ready to go out there… LeBron James is the Lakers’ biggest problem. The ball sticks to him so much, no one else can find a rhythm. Sometimes there is no defense. Without LeBron, I think this Laker team is better than it is now. Just my opinion.

@tweet @tweet @tweet I mean, numbers are numbers. When LeBron isn’t playing, AD plays better. Something about LeBron being on the floor messes with AD and Westbrook. Without LeBron, AD, Westbrook is doing amazingly well, as proved last night. LeBron has a huge silent ego and plays with it

@tweet @tweet @tweet Team chemistry. People don’t know how to treat him as teammates. When LeBron isn’t playing, Anthony Davis and Westbrook are more free and able to rhyme. It’s incredible.

33% of Lakers’ wins have come without LeBron James on the court. The Lakers’ winning percentage is 13.3% better without LeBron than it is, and it would make you think. 🤔 https://t.co/XqY9xXqtne

Is LeBron James a problem for the Los Angeles Lakers?

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers.

Arguably, LeBron James is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. However, being the goat does not mean that the player will not reach the fall. Many basketball greats before James have reached a point in their careers where they have become shells of their former selves. Even Michael Jordan went through this phase.

Understandably, LBJ is no longer the explosive talent he once was. He will be 38 years old on December 30th. Honestly, it’s impressive that he’s still been able to keep up with so many young talents that the NBA has today. Despite his longevity, his game is starting to show signs of aging. Because of this, the Los Angeles Lakers now have a problem they don’t want to admit.

Looking at the numbers, LeBron James still has impressive averages of 24.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists this season. On paper, it’s gratifying to see numbers like these. But when reviewing and analyzing his game based on the highlights, one can easily tell that James has his way of putting up those numbers.

Now in his fifth season as part of the Los Angeles Lakers, James is posting a career low 3-point shooting percentage. As of his final game on November 10, he shoots 23.9% from behind the arc and 45.7% overall. LBJ tries to make a lot of forced shots instead of rotating the ball efficiently, similar to how Russell Westbrook is currently doing.

The possibility of overtaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s goal-scoring record may be hitting James’ head. Honestly, no one could blame him if that was the case.

Any NBA player would be thrilled to make history in the game they love to play so much. However, at the end of the day, basketball is a team sport and he needs to start playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. An irony for a pass-first player like him.

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