LeBron James addresses the injuries that have plagued the Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers’ nightmarish season took a significant turn for the worse on Monday night, as they lost to a fellow Western Conference playoff chaser in the L.A. Clippers where forward Kyle Kuzma injured his ankle. The Lakers have dealt with a myriad of injury issues this season, whether that be Kuzma, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, or Brandon Ingram.
After the loss, James says he has never experienced anything like this before:
“I haven’t been a part of a season with this amount of injuries to all our key guys,” said James, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints. “Our big, big key guys. It’s just the way the season has been. We’ve had guys step up. Josh stepped up in his [Kuzma’s] absence tonight. It was great to see Josh play well again. For us, we prided ourselves on our depth to start the season, on how we can be good in our first unit and second unit, and obviously our depth has dwindled over the course of the season because of injuries.”
With the loss to the Clippers, the Lakers fell to 30-34 and are falling further and further out of the playoff picture in the West.
Los Angeles improved to 20-14 back on Christmas when it defeated the Golden State Warriors, but James went down with a groin injury. The Lakers proceeded to go 6-11 in his absence, and since he has returned, things have gotten even worse, as LA has gone just 4-9 since James came back.