Colin Cowherd rips LeBron James for the Lakers’ struggles
LeBron James has been heavily criticized by the media for his inability to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the playoffs this season. With a record of 30-33, the team is likely to miss the postseason, and this doesn’t suit well for some of the analysts who cover the league.
One of the people who had some choice of words for the four-time MVP is FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd, who called The King a lousy leader in an episode of his show, “The Herd.”
“LeBron James has had a lousy year as a leader. He failed to connect, he failed to engage his young teammates, he failed to galvanize the locker room, he never made a true effort after the injury to connect with Luke Walton.”
LeBron has suffered a groin injury in the third quarter of the Lakers’ Christmas day win against the Golden State Warriors.
Los Angeles was 20-14 before James’ injury. They are 10-19 since.
After the All-Star break, the Lakers still had a legitimate chance of making the playoffs, but they failed to capitalize on a relatively easy schedule, losing to non-playoff teams like the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns. Now, four of their next five games will be against playoff teams, beginning with a showdown against the LA Clippers on Sunday.
LeBron is still getting impressive numbers since returning from injury last month, but what he has not been able to do is lead an inexperienced team when they needed him the most. In fact, if you look at his body language during games, it is pretty obvious that the frustrations are getting the best of him.
Looks like his reign as the best player in the world is about to end.