LeBron James Burns Haters With Bold Pre-Season Take As Lakers Continue Losing Streak

Published 10/09/2021, 12:52 PM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is famous for giving his 100% in every game that he plays. He seemingly brings his A-game to every game every time he is on the court. However, coming into year 19 of his career, he has realized the importance of conserving some of his energy for more important games.

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Amidst the losing streak of the Lakers in the preseason, LeBron played his first game in the preseason against the Warriors. The defeat of the Lakers in that match-up was their third defeat in a row. Consequently, in the post-game press conference, reporters asked James questions about the game. And the legendary player was quick to shut down the critics questioning the Lakers’ performance.

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LeBron James reflecting on the pre-season loss to the Warriors

Most of the franchises generally perceive pre-season games as warm-ups. They try new offensive plays, new starting line-ups, new rotations, and several things they wouldn’t do in a regular-season game. Therefore, players don’t take the results seriously.

Coming into his 19th season in the NBA, LeBron has played in 18 seasons of pre-season games before. So he has learned everything he could from these games. He frankly admitted that he has nothing to learn from pre-season games at this point in his career. “Nothing. Zero” was his conclusion when asked about what he learned from the loss against the Warriors.

Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) with guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The only take-away from the game that LeBron could have is chemistry with the new players on the roster. But he even admitted that he could achieve that on the practice court in a way.

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He said that he knew what to expect going into the game. LeBron said that it was “not a surprise to anyone” that they tried some new things on the court that might not have been effective.

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Considering that the results of pre-season games have no value to a player once they are over, the Lakers will look to bounce back in the coming season. Do you think that the Lakers will bounce back or will they continue their losing streak? Let us know.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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