LeBron James reacts to passing Kobe Bryant for most games on Christmas

James made his 17th appearance on Christmas Day.

by Dzevad Mesic
LeBron James reacts to passing Kobe Bryant for most games on Christmas

LeBron James simply said he still loves playing basketball after passing Kobe Bryant for the most games played on Christmas Day. On Sunday, James suited up in his 17th Christmas game when the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Dallas Mavericks.

Bryant, who tragically lost his life in 2020, had 16 appearances on Christmas Day. "At the end of the day, I love to play the game of basketball. I'm still enjoying going out there and playing in front of fans, either at home or on the road.

And I'm just trying to control what I can control. I show up, try to lead these guys and try to lead to victories, and obviously there's been times when it's been frustrating. There's been times that I've been happy. There's been times where I've been like, 'OK, we can do better here,' or whatever the case may be.

But I always try to stay even keeled," James said, per ESPN.

James: We miss Anthony Davis

Davis, who was outstanding in November and early December, is currently out due to a stress injury in his foot. On Christmas, the Lakers suffered a 124-115 loss to the Mavericks.

For the Lakers, it was their fourth consecutive loss. The Lakers have been struggling ever since Davis went down injured and James admits the team is missing the star big man. "Reality is, without AD, we lose a lot of length, which we don't have already.

So we have to make up in ways that, without AD, is very difficult, very challenging. So, I think at one point we had a lineup of I think [Austin Reaves, at 6-5] was the tallest guy on the court. So, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out [that Davis is sorely missed]," James said.

The Lakers currently own a 13-20 record and they will be without Davis for at least three more weeks. On Tuesday, the Lakers will be playing against the Orlando Magic on the road.

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