LeBron Calls out Team for Allowing Media Distractions to Affect Their Play

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"The biggest problem with the Los Angeles Lakers is LeBron James", Smith said on Tuesday on ESPN's First Take.

During the All-Star break, LeBron James ensured fans that he has already activated playoff mode as the Lakers scramble to secure one of the final postseason spots in the West in the second half of the regular season. Just come and do your job. "If you don't want to be traded or you don't want to be talked about, step up". This is the effort you put into a preseason game with nothing on the line. "You want to feel like you're fighting for something".

After the game, the three-time National Basketball Association champion approached reporters in the locker room and bashed his team's overall effort.

The only problem is James might be guilty of letting himself get distracted off the court.

Do you think James made a mistake signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in hindsight? I'm just saying, like, I'm playing devil's advocate, you know? "Keep knocking on the door", he said. With his ability to get a steal and pressure the offensive point guard and then push the pace for us, get into our early offense.

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Kyle Kuzma, who scored 22 against Memphis, noticed the change in team vibe after he challenged his teammates for their inconsistent body language in his comments to the media following the loss to the Pelicans. "Because a lot of it will get twisted and headlines will read something totally different than what was said".

Defense was the issue last time around, as New Orleans dropped 128 points, beating L.A.by 13.

The Lakers have lost four of their past five games, dropping their past two against the sub.500 Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans, with the latter visiting STAPLES Center today. Ball's rating of +0.03 is not exactly sterling, but it is significantly better than Rondo's rating of -2.39. So it's no different than anything else we've been preaching all year from the [get-go], and that's let's worry about our group. And I love the positive mindset that we have, even with the struggle that we've had the last 10 games.

Jordan is No. 4 in all-time scoring, with 32,292 points.