The Lakers keep making this worse

The Lakers keep making this worse

With the clock winding down, and the Lakers trailing by just one point, they put the ball in LeBron's hands, and let him go to work.

The Lakers signed James during the offseason with high hopes, but Los Angeles hasn't had the season it expected. To make matters worse, the 124-123 loss came after James was blocked in the closing seconds by Mario Hezonja, which not only sealed the loss but capped the worst shooting quarter of "The King's" career. Ir wash the Lakers' third consecutive and fell to 31-39 in the standings, nine games out of the playoffs picture in the Western Conference. It bothers me that I didn't even get a shot at the hoop. In public, you've got to be part of the team. Knicks TV analyst Walt Frazier criticized James for not publicly being more part of the team, saying James "doesn't really care" about the perception.

The drama-filled season may be on life support, with only a marginal mathematical chance of them playing post-season basketball, but that doesn't mean that these final two and a half weeks of the season are lost for Kuzma.

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James said after the loss that he saw "no difference" between the woeful Knicks and his own squad, calling them "two teams out of the postseason", and adding, "We could have a couple of more wins than them, but both teams right now are looking on the outside looking in".

Trying to turn a negative into a positive, the second-year star has turned his attention to using his remaining minutes of the 2018/19 Lakers season the season to develop his game further and get some reps up before another long summer. After missing 12 games with a leg injury.

Though rookie Kevin Knox has shot miserably in his first season, Fizdale thought games like Sunday and then Monday against Toronto were good for the first-round pick, no matter how he shot, because they were learning experiences. There's no rule that says if you have a bunch of younger teammates next to LeBron James. He's signed for three more seasons, but questions persist around head coach Luke Walton and nearly everyone else on the roster's future.