The Lakers (34-29) have found themselves in a fight for a playoff spot and currently tied at the 10th spot in the Western Conference with Minnesota. Who’s the blame? Not to point out anyone individually because basketball is a team sport, which typically calls for effort from the players who are on the court and the players on the bench. However, the Lakers have now have LeBron James on their squad, who is considered by the majority as the best player in the league.
When is it time to hold him accountable? The time is now. These are the moments where you have to do whatever it takes to gather your team back as the leader and elevate your game without taking any plays off.
The Lakers have show glances where they can be a contender in the Western Conference, but it’s evident that LeBron is the key to that. Players such as Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, JaVale McGee, and Lonzo Ball (currently injured) have been impactful this season, but do they have what it takes to help LeBron and the Lakers make the playoffs, especially on the defensive side.
It’s time to hold those players and others accountable as well. At this point in the season there is no room for mishaps as every game is critical going forward.
The Lakers face the Pelicans in Los Angeles at 10:30 on Wednesday on ESPN.