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LeBron James loses patience

LeBron James pierde la paciencia

LeBron James is angry, frustrated and increasingly visibly unmotivated collectively. All that is true, also that their numbers are a thing from another world: At 37 years and 78 days old, and in his 19th season in the NBA (more than half his life in the League), he is averaging 29.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists. He fights to be the top scorer of the season, something he only achieved in 2008. He was fourteen years ago. And he’s on pace to become the all-time leading scorer: He has 36,873 points and is already only 55 behind Karl Malone, the second, whom he will pass in two games, or three… or one. And he is already 1,514 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387). At a rate of about 25 points per game that seems perfectly manageable, LeBron will be the all-time leading scorer in about 60 or 61 games. That is, in the next season. He has just become the first player with at least 10,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 10,000 assists. In fact, it is above 30,000+10,000+10,000.

So for LeBron, the season is serving him to enlarge his monumental legend, driven by a longevity that is beginning to seem unnatural. However, collectively the thing is a disaster. With Anthony Davis injured (again) for more than a month, with the Russell Westbrook experiment exploding in the face of the franchise and with a poorly made team and very short of talent, physical and defensive specialists, the Lakers are 29.40, ninth from the West… and thank you. Trying not to be left out even of the play in because the Spurs are two and a half games away. dotrying? You might think not even that. Since the All Star break, the Lakers are 2-9. They come out almost beaten per game and the two that have won have been because LeBron has had 50 and 56 points.

But the truth is that beyond that, LeBron is seen less involved in the game, disconnected defensively, slow or uninterested in defensive transition. It seems obvious that he has stopped believing that there is salvation for this 2021-22 project that is hitting a historical cost. His discomfort reaches the press rooms. After the disaster against the Raptors he was asked what the team could do to make more outside shots and he answered this: “put them in. It’s a no-brainer. Teams let us shoot and we don’t score them. You have to put the shots and that’s it. It is not very complicated science. Just hit the shots.”

He has also recognized that it is very difficult to maintain patience in the current situation of the team: “In the end, you keep trying. I’m comfortable being uncomfortable, so it’s not a big concern. Every season is a question of patience for me. And this one is no different, but it may be testing that patience more than any of the last few years.. Because of how we are playing, because the losses keep piling up… The only thing left is not to fall into a losing mentality, find ways to concentrate, help teammates improve. What I’m not going to do is be in a position where I take losing as normal. I am a competitor, I want to win. Of course there are things that happen on the track that frustrate you. But you can’t control everything, and you can’t worry about what you can’t control. You keep pushing. You keep leading, seeing what can be good for your team… When you win, it’s easy to be comfortable. It’s about how comfortable you can be when things get awkward. There are very good teams in this league. I try to put mine in a position to win, and this year most of the time it’s not going well. But that doesn’t change my way of dealing with things.”

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