Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has underlined that quitting is something he was never and will never be about. The Lakers' struggling season continued on Tuesday night as they suffered a 109-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Lakers had a narrow lead with seven-and-a-half in the fourth quarter but the Mavericks finished the game on a 15-4 run to overturn the deficit and claim the win. The Lakers now own a disappointing 27-34 record and stand at No.
9 on the Western Conference standings. "We still have games to play," James said, per ESPN. "Until you stomp me out, cut my head off, bury me 12 feet under, then I got a chance. So that's my confidence."
James has missed 17 games this season due to varios injuries. James has been bothered by his knee throughout the season but he plans to play through the pain. "The only way it'll be back to full strength is with rest," he said.
"And I don't have the luxury of having rest. So it'll wait 'til the offseason."
James not quitting on the season
The Lakers entered the season with championship aspirations and James isn't ready to give up on his goals.
"Obviously, at the end of the day, we got to come in here and win ballgames, and we got to play better. But as long as we've got more games to play, we should have a chance," James said. "So, that's my confidence.
I hate losing. I feel like poop right now. But tomorrow is a new day, and I'm going to be prepared and ready for the Clippers on Thursday. That's just -- that's my mindset. That's just who I am." The Lakers have played below expectation this year but star guard Russell Westbrook is confident that they can turn the page.
"Super confident that we're going to be all right," Westbrook said. "I've got confidence in this group, like I always have. And we can play the best teams. I'm not worried about nobody we have to play.
We've beaten the best teams; we've lost to some of the worst teams. So, our confidence and my confidence in this group is extremely high because I know what we're capable of when we put our mind to it and do exactly what we need to do on a night-in, night-out basis."