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LeBron On Lakers’ Struggles, Criticism: ‘Nowhere Near What We Went Through’ Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers will head into their showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night five games below .500 and on the verge of missing the playof The Los Angeles Lakers will head into their showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night five games below .500 and on the verge of missing the playof Rating:
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LeBron On Lakers’ Struggles, Criticism: ‘Nowhere Near What We Went Through’

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Kobe and LeBronThe Los Angeles Lakers will head into their showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night five games below .500 and on the verge of missing the playoffs altogether if the new-look roster can’t turn things around in the coming weeks.

Although the Lakers have a star-studded roster with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard leading the way, the team has failed to live up to the extremely high expectations set during the off-season. The chemistry is nonexistent, the team is noticeably a step a slower on both ends of the floor and injuries have also taken their toll on this squad that can’t seem to put it together under head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Along with the struggles on the floor, the Lakers have been held accountable after all 20 losses thus far this season with everyone searching for answers.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no answer to these problems plaguing the Lakers moving forward with the team coming dangerously close to miss the postseason. Defense continues to be the main concern, but simply playing team basketball may help cure these problems rather than focusing strictly on the defensive end of the floor.

Only a handful of superstars in the league really know the kind of pressure that players like Bryant, Nash, Gasol and Howard are feeling at this point in time. A few years ago, the Miami Heat went through a similar transformation with the additions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in South Beach to play alongside Dwyane Wade. The moves were heavily criticized and the Heat were instantly labeled the villans of the NBA.

LeBron talked about the Lakers’ struggles and criticism received as a result of their poor season and blockbuster moves made in the off-season. The three-time NBA MVP believes that the Lakers’ situation is pale in comparison to what the Heat went through two years via Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald:

“No one will ever be able to compare what we went through,” James said. “Even though they’re not winning and they’re losing a lot of games, it’s still nowhere near what we went through . . .

“. . . Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it.”

LeBron has a point with comparison of the two situations in Los Angeles and Miami being different. The revamped Heat were able to reach the NBA Finals in their first season together even with early chemistry problems, but the negative criticism was overwhelming.

With 47 games left to be played, it still remains to be seen whether or not this new-look Lakers will work. More than half the season remains, but all signs seem to be pointing to a disappointing outcome.

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  • lakers_824

    Wtf heat had it easy everyone was in their prime and they had a bench wtf lebum james smoking on, phil said we can still make playoffs i say we sign phil end of this year

  • Sidd

    I could pick someone off the streets of LA to be the Lakers head coach and they would do a better job than Mike D’Antoni….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1560576133 Arlene A LeBeauf

    Maybe if LeBomb and Dewitt would not have made such a SPECTABLE of him going to the heat, maybe it would not have been such a “magnitude”.. Learn to be more humble and dignified.. Now go” try” to win 4 more RINGS then you can Talk!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fantastic.drew1 Andrew Torres

    You know how I know Labum is lying? Because if it got hard in MIA he would have got to walking like he did to them Cavs! #Quittertalk

  • LAKERS4LIFE

    That chump is right its not the same he left Cleveland kobe still in La and not chasing coat tails this is also the West not the Weak East you play the west team 3 to 4 games a season (10 good teams could beat any team any givin night not 3 to 4 good teams any givin night for the east ) it also is the greatest franchise in the NBA Miami will never know what real pressure is THE CHUMP IS CORECT ITS NOT THE SAME !

  • John

    So does he wanna play for the lakers yet or what? He always has an elaborated opinion on the lakers current situation like a gossip girl. A Hollywood diva who lives in Miami.

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