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LeBron James warning
LeBron James has warned his teammates after another defeat – this time at the hands of the Toronto Raptors.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 4-6 so far and have been struggling despite James’ arrival in the summer.
Last night’s defeat was significant in the way the Raptors raced into an early lead and managed to stem the comeback.
The Raptors led 42-17 after the first quarter and eventually won 121-107.
And James has told his teammates they need to shape up.
“Second, third and fourth we played Lakers basketball,” James said.
“First quarter we came out sluggish, like we got in late.
“You have to learn from it but you don’t put too much on it.
“You get games like this in an 82-game season, where you just don’t have it.
“We had it in spurts, but for the majority we didn’t have it.
“For me, and what I’ve experienced in this league, you have to stay even keel.
“Just as bad you can play for a month, you can round out a great month or two.
“When you come in for games, for practises or film sessions, you get better then.
“But you don’t let the outside noise get to you, if you do it can cause you a problem.”
NBA news: LeBron James has warned his teammates to step up
Anthony Davis trade talk
Anthony Davis has admitted he feels burdened with the New Orleans Pelicans as talk of a move to Los Angeles Lakers rumbles on.
NBA star Davis has seen the Pelicans’ bright start make way for a rough patch with the franchise currently struggling.
New Orleans won their first four matches of the season – against the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets.
However, with Davis recently sidelined, they have slipped to defeats against the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers.
Davis has been tipped to leave for the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Clippers also linked with the 25-year-old.
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And he has hinted at unrest at his current side, admitting he feels a lot of responsibility falls on his shoulders.
“Of course, I know that in order to win games, a lot of pressure is going to be on me,” Davis told Yahoo Sport.
“If we lose, it’s on me. If we win, they give my team the credit and I’m fine with that.
“A perfect example [was against the Warriors].
“I don’t have a good game and we lose.
“So, I got to play almost perfect every night to give us a chance to win.
“But my teammates do a great job. Even the games I didn’t play, those guys have been battling night in and night out to get victories.
“I don’t try to put too much pressure on myself, but I know it’s there.”
Kawhi Leonard ‘didn’t like the Lakers’
Kawhi Leonard has revealed why he didn’t like the Lakers growing up.
Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors this summer after one of the longest-running trade sagas of the season.
He swapped the San Antonio Spurs for life in Canada – although with just a year left on his contract speculation on his future continues.
He’s been linked with a move to the Los Angeles Lakers, to join LeBron James, but his comments this weekend could slam the brakes on that move.
Despite coming from a family of Lakers fans, Leonard reveals he had his eyes on someone else.
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“I wasn’t at all,” Leonard said Saturday.
“My family was, but I wasn’t.
“I liked Allen Iverson, I was an A.I. fan, so I didn’t like the Lakers.”
And while his words won’t close the door on a move to the Lakers fully, it will certainly put it in doubt.
The Lakers explored a deal for Leonard in the summer, according to ESPN, and are looking to bring in a superstar to play with James.