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?”
Here are some fan reactions:
Is LeBron James a problem for the 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.