After making the NBA Finals for eight-straight seasons, King James will most likely spend the playoffs watching from the couch. The team is 5.5 games back of the eighth spot in the West and with just 18 games left, things aren't looking too good.
The Lakers are set to miss out on the post-season for the sixth year running after a disappointing defeat to the LA Clippers on Monday. But denying Walton an opportunity to at finish out a season wrought with drama and distraction since James's first dribble in purple and gold would be cruel and needless.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James rebuffed any notion of sitting out any of the team's remaining games, saying Monday night that "unless I'm hurt, I'm not sitting games". The Lakers are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 Monday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Lakers led by as many as 10 late in the first quarter. "Matter of fact, a lot of (expletives) got to go - starting with the coach", Dogg said. We're coming in tomorrow to get better because that's what we're supposed to do. "They supported me for three years while I was on the Lakers and I will always have the love for them". Despite slumping over the past two weeks and seeing his draft stock drop slightly, Johnson was shooting better than 40 percent from deep for the majority of the season and is a smooth natural scorer that could contribute positive minutes and help to space the floor immediately.
There has been some speculation as to whether James will sit once the Lakers are eliminated. Rather than dismiss the notion, James allowed that he and Walton would "probably" have that conversation and that the Lakers would "see what makes more sense for me and for the team".
Lonzo may want to consider deleting that tweet, but I personally hope he keeps it going forever. "I'll continue to be a professional and be as great as you can be every single night". Eighteen games without James did no wonders for a team that needed him, which only seemed to get worse as the trade rumors flooded the headlines and the overall morale hit almost killed whatever hope this team had left.