Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has acknowledged that the Purple and Gold are going through a rough stretch but underlined that it's up to them to turn the things around. The Lakers, who won a record tying 17th NBA Championship last season, are playing without starting guard Dennis Schroder and big man Anthony Davis and they have lost their last four games.
The Lakers won seven consecutive games before they got hit with injuries and lost three of their next four games. "Obviously we’ve all got to do a better job on the individual self that will carry onto the team and pick up in A.D.’s and Dennis’ absence,” James said, per Lakers Nation.
“We just hit a rough patch. It happens throughout the course of the season. “You don’t want it to happen, but when it does, I think it defines character. It challenges you. You just get ready for the bounce back, so you learn from tonight, learn from the previous games and then get ready for the next one”.
James confident the Lakers will benefit from their struggles
The Lakers own a 22-11 record and they are ranked at No. 3 on the Western Conference standings. "Absolutely. Always the best teacher in life is experience and for us to be going through this right now, I think it is going to benefit our team tremendously,” James said.
James, 36, insists he is feeling physically fine despite playing a notable number of minutes let game. "I mean, I’m resting now sitting here talking to you guys,” James said after a game. “I’m resting when I get in my car and head home, I’m resting when I get home, I’ll rest tomorrow.
I think this whole narrative of, ‘LeBron needs more rest,’ or I should take more rest or take time here, has become a lot bigger than what it actually really is”. Moreover, James was frustrated by the suggestions that he needs rest.
"I think this whole narrative of 'LeBron needs more rest' or I should take more rest or I should take time here, it's become a lot bigger than what it actually is," James said. "I've never talked about it, I don't talk about it, I don't believe in it.
We all need more rest, s---. This is a fast turnaround from last season, and we all wish we could have more rest. But I'm here to work, I'm here to punch my clock in and be available to my teammates. "And if I'm hurt or if I'm not feeling well, then we can look at it then.
But I have nothing but honest people [advising me], but I'm also honest with myself, as well, and me having a love for the game and me being able to be available to my teammates is more important than anything."