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#pounditWednesday, November 30, 2022

LeBron James roasted for pathetic effort against Suns

LeBron James playing defense

LeBron James’ play on Sunday has done nothing to quiet the perception that the Lakers have packed it in this season.

A video clip from the Lakers’ 140-111 blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday went viral. In the clip, James is shown putting forth little-to-no effort on a series of consecutive possessions early in the game.

You can watch the clip below and note that James literally is not even in the screen for a few of the possessions. On others, he puts forth zero effort into contesting a shot or trying to rebound.

Even ESPN’s announcers made note of James’ effort level.

“We’ve seen LeBron James quite a few times tonight just decide he’s not gonna run back on defense,” play-by-play announcer Ryan Ruocco said later in the game.

It’s possible, and quite likely, that James was frustrated with one of his teammates, which led to his poor effort on a few plays.

But when you’re the team leader and that’s all you’re giving, how can you expect the rest of your team to play any differently? They’re not, which is why the Lakers are 29-38.

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