LeBron makes huge statement about Lakers' playoff chances

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving expanded Wednesday on the telephone call he made to LeBron James earlier this season, recounting that he told his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate, "I didn't have to deal with that the same way I dealt with that". His response was simple. James has participated in the NBA Finals in each of the past eight seasons, and his teams have reached the playoffs 13 consecutive seasons, a streak he does not intend to break. LeBron James is faced with the task of maintaining his legacy of playoff appearances and with the switch to the west coast, he may have sealed his fate on ever making another finals appearance considering the daunting competition.

The ongoing post-season drought is the longest in franchise history and James has made it clear that their goal since the start of the season has been to make the playoffs and they are not going to give up until it is mathematically not possible to qualify. He has three NBA Championship rings. But, James said Wednesday he wasn't panicking.

In December it looked nearly certain that the Lakers will make their first post-season appearance in five years with Walton's team sitting in fourth place having just come away with a victory over reigning champions Golden State Warriors. With 25 games left before the season ends, the 28-29 Lakers must go on a run if they hope to earn a spot in the postseason, with James now firmly at the helm.

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"That's the job, that's our goal", James said about the playoffs.

Since he was unable to get Luke Walton fired and trade for Anthony Davis, He seems detached. Now, it is up to LeBron and his young cast members to make the playoff push. "This is another uncomfortable thing for me, and I love it".

The Lakers will return to action Thursday against the Rockets. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. PST.

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