Jalen Rose says LeBron James must return to ‘MVP-level dominant’ to carry the Lakers to the playoffs
The Los Angeles Lakers may or may not reach the postseason this 2018-19 season. Despite signing superstar forward LeBron James over the summer, the slumping Western Conference franchise has been forced to play most of this season without “King James” due to a groin injury.
With LeBron James also not getting any younger, the home stretch of the remaining regular season will determine whether or not the Lakers will be able to sneak into the playoffs.
Because the Lakers have become the talk of the town, no thanks to the team’s mediocre play in the absence of James, current ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose recently made a point that LeBron must return to his dominant self if Los Angeles has any shot of reaching the postseason.
“LeBron has to be MVP-level dominant and you can point to the team’s record before he got injured Christmas Day, but you can also point to the strength of their schedule,” Rose said.
As it stands today, the Lakers are sporting a nearly even 28-29 record. Not only has Los Angeles failed to compile a .500 record, but they also sit in 10th place in the West standings — which obviously has the once heralded franchise on the outside looking in at the playoff places.
The Lakers find themselves just three games behind the eighth-place LA Clippers, however, which bodes well for James and company considering the amount of adversity that the team has had to overcome this year.