Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes in LA Lakers' defeat against LA Clippers

LeBron James

LeBron James

Kuzma has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets by the Lakers, who also have other injury problems.

Kobe Bryant walk out to center court during his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Back to back losses to bottom placed Phoenix Suns, followed by 113-105 loss to Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers now have a 30-34 record and sit five 5.5 games behind San Antonio Spurs; the eight-placed team.

"They would have made the playoffs if he wasn't injured". It simply isn't good enough to compete in the Western Conference and that's simply not acceptable for a LeBron-led team. LeBron James had just come off a season where he played an unnecessary majority of the games and waltzed right back into the NBA Finals during his Cleveland Cavaliers campaign, last year. "They cut me. I got drafted by the Lakers, they traded me to Miami". With Lonzo Ball already sidelined and Ingram not battling a shoulder ailment, the Lakers are without three key rotation players. "I told Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander), look (around) the room, there's seven people. watch at the end of the year (how many more there will be)".

The only time it has been profitable to bet on the Lakers this season is when they are on a losing streak.

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Ibrahimovic will be hoping for more success with the Galaxy this season than their more famous neighbours are managing.

If the Lakers resign to the fact that the playoffs are now out of reach, it might be time for Los Angeles to sit LeBron down for the remainder of the season.

"Unless I'm hurt, I'm not sitting games", said James, adding that any such move to limit his playing time would involve "a lot of convincing" on the part of the Lakers front office.

"Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night, no matter the circumstances", James said.

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