Lakers James out of National Basketball Association playoffs

Kobe Bryant offers advice for the Lakers after LeBron's lost season

"You just got to keep pushing", Bryant said. But while James promised fans that a return trip to the playoffs is on the horizon, one analyst took issue with these comments.

"You came to L.A. for a 'ship". "He set the bar so high that if he averages 25 (points), eight (boards), and eight (assists) that's not enough".

It was not meant to be like this, especially after the signing of LeBron James - the man who single-handedly dragged his hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers to a championship in 2016 and was instrumental in Miami Heat's dominance in the first half of the decade. "Of course we got some players, we may make it to the playoffs, but listen", Shaq said on his BIG podcast, explaining how the Lakers missed the postseason even with the NBA's most successful player on the roster in James.

Then Lonzo Ball sprained an ankle in January, leaving the Lakers defense very vulnerable while Brandon Ingram, who had been influential in the team reaching the dizzying heights of fourth place in the Western Conference, was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a blood clot in his arm.

"I work every single day to be the best I can be", Harden said.

With all due respect to James since he's easily one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball, the Sixers are a much better team overall with Butler and Harris part of the picture.

Harden finished 9-13 from beyond the arc and shot 19-34 from the floor.

While the timing is a little suspect with the Lakers having just been eliminated from playoff contention with Friday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets, there is little doubt that the groin issue was the most serious injury of James' NBA career.

Harden went into a scoring lull and San Antonio rallied from a 15 point halftime deficit to tie the game 81-81 at the end of the third.

It has been a long time since we've gone without LeBron playing hoops in May.

"I am a hooper, I am hooper. We'll see if I can deliver, I don't know".

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