LeBron James takes vet moves to a new level vs. Clippers

Kyle Kuzma

The best player of his generation had reached the NBA Finals for the last eight straight years and there was nobody better prepared to turn the Lakers' young core into a playoff team.

James faces missing the postseason for the first time since 2005 with the Lakers mired in a form slump which has seen them lose nine of their last 12 games. The Spurs also hold the tiebreaker over L.A.

An increasingly difficult schedule makes it hard to fathom that the Lakers will be able to dig themselves out of the hole they've created for themselves.

With LeBron James' team sitting at 11th in the West, 5.5 games out of a playoff spot, rumors about a possible Luke Walton firing have been spreading like wildfire.

Still before last week's loss to the Suns, James was still optimistic about the team's chances. Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are all now dealing with injuries.

Walton's forced optimism was entirely unconvincing, and he spent most of his postgame news conference stressing the importance of maintaining professionalism and keeping a day-to-day approach.

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Despite those comments UEFA opened an investigation into the incident the following day and have now made a decision to take disciplinary action.

But while James is eager to put this season to the back of his mind, Bill Simmons, the National Basketball Association analyst has spoken out, claiming that if the team look in their own rear-view mirror, they will see nothing but regret - the regret of the chasing down and signing of James.

The Lakers recently reversed course on signing Carmelo Anthony.

The Lakers' resignation came through loud and clear when James was asked whether his minutes might be scaled down in the coming weeks.

The Lakers are most likely to land the 13th pick of the draft with a 92.9 percent chance to do so.

The Lakers are highly unlikely to win the lottery, no matter what happens in the remainder of the season. They are shooting 46 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range. They are two of the NBA's most disappointing teams when you compare their record now to their preseason projections.

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