Despite 7 Wins, LeBron James Gives Lakers At Best a ‘B+’ For Their Performance

Published 01/09/2021, 11:40 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball upcourt against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


Reigning NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers are carrying a lot of expectations on their back. Fans anticipate them to complete a double by winning the championship in 2021, but how does LeBron James rate their performance after ten games through? 

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The Lakers aren’t in the best of shape, but neither are they performing badly. They’re currently on a winning run, but the team isn’t yet accustomed to the regular season. They’re the major victims of the shortest NBA offseason ever, but ‘King James’ is quite satisfied with the results. 

LeBron James grades how well the Los Angeles Lakers have played

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The Los Angeles Lakers began their 2021 campaign with a loss on the opening night. Their ring ceremony quickly turned sour as rivals LA Clippers cruised to victory. However, the purple and gold bounced back and took matters into their hands, especially during road trips! 

The Lakers have won all four of their road games so far and sit atop the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. Their 7-3 regular-season record is certainly impressive, but what does LeBron think about it since he’s among the ones who go out and gets the job done on the court. 

“I think we’ve played B, B+ basketball, and that’s OK… we’ve added 5 new pieces to the rotation … we’re still learning each other. We’re getting accustomed to different lineups …  we’ve played pretty good basketball, but we want to be better,” LeBron mentioned

Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson (3) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

So from this, one can assume that LeBron is not quite content with the Lakers’ gameplay. He’s not concerned about being the best team in the West and is focused on playing better basketball on the court. 

Moreover, the season has just begun, and there are more games to come. Hence, it is a bit too early to judge a team based on their brief displays, and that’s precisely what LeBron has mentioned. The team still needs to gel in as a unit and create wonders. 

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LeBron James is all about explosiveness and aggression. He maxes out on these qualities whenever he takes to the court, and this season is no different. The ‘Chosen One’ wants to be at his optimal best despite taking part in his 18th year as a professional. 

Lakers newcomer Wesley Matthews recently described how it feels to play alongside LeBron. Matthews came from the Milwaukee Bucks during the offseason, and this is the 11-year veteran’s first time partnering LeBron on the court. 

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“Get ready. He sees the court better than anybody … he’s going to do most of the work for you, all you’ve got to do is step in,” Matthews said about LeBron. 

The Lakers added massive reinforcements during the offseason to replace the departed stars. They’re now looking a much better side than last season, but can they sustain the good form and clinch the championship?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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