Luke Walton Defends LeBron James Over Bad Performance Against Knicks

LeBron James and the Lakers are dreaming of some help in free agency before the start of next season

In a quarter which culminated in James having his would-be game-winning shot blocked by Mario Hezonja, the Lakers forward went 4-for-15 from the field in the fourth quarter, ESPN reported.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a slump of their own as they will be hoping to put a halt to an ugly eight-game skid after getting blown out by the Spurs in a 109-83 road loss on Saturday.

LeBron James drove left, the No. 4 scorer in National Basketball Association history needing a basket to beat the worst team in the league.

The Lakers did rise to take the momentum in that final quarter, but with repeated misses, it just wasn't enough to drag the game into the win column. Through three quarters, James was 7-of-11 for 24 points with five assists. "Of course that stuff bothers me". Two teams out of the postseason. So there's no difference. "And right now we see he doesn't really care".

The episode occurred in the first half of the Knicks' 124-123 home win, as James sat on the end of the Lakers' bench, furthest from the scorers' table and a few empty chairs away from his closest teammate. But reality is quite often different to expectations and as it stands the purple and gold have the same amount of wins today, 31, as they did at the same time previous year. As opposed to some younger guys, you draw things up and tell them what to look for and tell them where to go at what time.

"Back-to-back games, I think it's going to be good for him".

The Lakers lost to the New York Knicks in a Sunday matinee, blowing a late fourth-quarter lead. In other words, L.A. might as well turn its full focus to this summer's impending free agency. "But we have an opportunity to get better".

"I mean, listen, we haven't played well versus a lot of teams; teams that have been under.500, teams that have been over.500", James said at Madison Square Garden. "In the public you got to be a part pf the team".

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