76ers GM Daryl Morey’s cheeky response to LeBron James’ play-in complaints
As his team’s frustrations continue to grow, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has already voiced his disappointment with the play-in tournament that will be implemented this season. Meanwhile, Philadelphia 76ers president Daryl Morey had a different opinion as he responded to the four-time MVP on Twitter by claiming that the new proceedings will make games more interesting and meaningful.
I can't believe the NBA hastily implemented a change that makes games more interesting and meaningful pic.twitter.com/B1y23dJD9s
— Daryl MorΞy 🗽🏀 (@dmorey) May 3, 2021
With his controversial statement, James has joined the likes of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic and team owner Mark Cuban who are opposing the idea of having a play-in tournament, via Dave McMenamin.
LeBron James on the play-in tournament: "Whoever came up with that s— needs to be fired"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 3, 2021
The Lakers weren’t supposed to have anything to do with the play-in tournament before both James and Anthony Davis had long layoffs due to their respective injuries. Amid their absence, the Lakers have already slipped down a number of spots in the Western Conference standings. Even as the two All-Stars already made their return to action, the team continues to struggle as they are currently holding the seventh seed after their 121-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
With a 36-28 record, the Lakers find themselves in a three-way tie with the Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers for the fifth through seventh seeds in the West. The team that will be listed at the seventh spot by the end of the regular season will have to battle the eighth-seeded team for the right to secure a seat in the playoffs.
The ninth and tenth seeds will also have a chance to enter the postseason as they participate in the play-in tournament. The Lakers still have eight games left to climb up the standings although their schedule isn’t looking easy as they are set to match up against a handful of strong Western Conference playoff squads in the coming days.
It remains to be seen if the Lakers will get to appear in the postseason but it will be ironic if they successfully make a last-minute entry to the playoffs thanks to their participation in the play-in tournament.