Lakers star LeBron James’ honest admission after Warriors loss, 0-5 preseason standing
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their fifth straight loss of the preseason on Tuesday following a 111-99 defeat at the hands of a Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors. It was the first time LA’s new Big 3 played together on the court, but that did not matter much as the Warriors still escaped with a victory over LeBron James and Co.
After the game, LeBron made an honest admission about LA’s preseason problems. According to the four-time NBA champion, the Lakers just aren’t there yet in terms of team chemistry:
“It’s going to take a minute for us to become the team that we know we are going to be capable of being,” said James, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “We’re going to have moments where we’re not quite right there. We may take steps backwards. But that’s all part of … I think nothing is worth having if it’s not worth working for.”
LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook all started against the Warriors. James finished with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and six turnovers in 26 minutes of action. AD scored a game-high 20 points with six rebounds in 30 minutes on the court, while Russ logged 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and five turnovers.
The Lakers are clearly still a work in progress at this point, and their horrendous preseason record is a clear testament to this fact. LeBron doesn’t seem to be too concerned, though, and it looks like confidence won’t be an issue for this group.