Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James admitted the situation is not great in Los Angeles after the team suffered its second consecutive loss and fell to a 26-30 record. The Portland Trail Blazers, who have hit the rebuild mode, beat the Lakers 107-105 on Wednesday night.
James led the team with 30 points but also had six turnovers. The Lakers could make some big moves at the trade deadline. "Obviously, this is something that's weighing on this group that we're all trying to get through," James said after the game, per ESPN.
"Almost feels like it's a fog, just fog in the air. And we're all trying to see what's on the other side of it." After the Lakers' latest loss, James just wanted to get some rest and win. "Literally just -- I'm tired as hell right now," James said.
"I just want to get some wine and get up tomorrow. I feel good about what tomorrow has in store, and we'll see what happens. We'll see what happens as far as the deadline, but other than that, I'm kind of just focused on what we can do to be better."
James and Co. have had a rough season
"If there's ways to improve our team, we'll try to improve our team," Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, responding to the question, said without mentioning Russell Westbrook by name.
"Other than that, I got nothing to say about the trade deadline." Westbrook is one Laker that has particularly struggled. James refused to throw Westbrook under the bus as he said the whole team is to blame for their struggles.
"At the end of the day, as his brother, we're all in this together," James said. "We're all in the foxhole together. There is not one guy who is doing it by themselves. There's not one guy you can blame over another guy.
There's not one guy who gets the praise over another guy. When we lose, we all lose. When we win, we all win. It's really that simple." James suggested the Lakers will make moves if they feel that would improve the team.
"I don't really like to play fantasy basketball so this is the group that we have going into the deadline and we'll be ready to take on all challenges that this season has given us," James said. "If there's an opportunity -- I've said this every year - if there's an opportunity for you to get better, then you explore those options. That's always been [my stance]."