LeBron James was not calling out teammates in 'distractions' quote

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

After the Lakers latest loss against the Memphis Grizzlies, LeBron spoke with reporters and sent a clear message to his teammates about the media distractions. The LA franchise are reeling in 11th place in the Western conference and have a tough run up for fixtures going into the playoffs.

With the Los Angeles Lakers taking a one-step-forward, two-steps-backward approach to their post-All-Star playoff push following another defeat at the hands of a lesser opponent, LeBron James was asked if the pressure of it all was becoming a distraction to his team.

When the context of the question was released, people realized James wasn't calling out his youngsters for being bothered by the trade rumors.

Whether it's rhetoric, trying to flip the proverbial switch or a shared mindset, James and Walton stayed focused on the opportunity to lead the Lakers to their first playoff berth in six years. "Lebron's Lakers are on pace to win...39 games", he said.

LeBron James had called out the Lakers players after the loss to New Orleans Pelicans, admitting that he felt that the players were "afraid" to take things in their own hands during clutch situations.

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Almost 60 games into the 2018-19 season, James has made a decision to become general manager, coach and now a motivational speaker for his young Lakers teammates and it isn't going over all that well.

Check out the audio below as Clay says this Lakers team is one of the biggest disasters of the decade. "Even during the All-Star draft, he laughed about (wanting Davis to be his teammate)".

LeBron James becomes the first player in the National Basketball Association to rank in the top 10 in both the NBA's all-time assists and scoring lists. Just come and do your job. "I'm not accustomed to it". Even back in the preseason LeBron came out and said I don't have to prove anything to these guys. We do our job at a high level and that's not a distraction. "He's still - to me - I think he's pretty much still injured".

Following public trade-deadline talks that exposed every Laker not named LeBron James as expendable, Los Angeles has lost four of five games and looks increasingly like a team that's going to miss the playoffs. "You want to feel like you're fighting for something".

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