Los Angeles Lakers are in trouble, all predictions are clear.
James has played in 46 of the Lakers' 64 games, missing 18 games because of a slight tear in his left groin. Many Lakers fans still haven't accepted the departure of the favorite Croatian player, and still criticize the club's management, who replaced Zubac for nearly nothing.
While James suggested the likes of president Magic Johnson have a tough pitch on their hands if they want to shut him down for the rest of the year, the three-time National Basketball Association champion was more open to the idea of managing his minutes if the playoffs become mathematically out of reach. That conversation hasn't occurred, but I'm sure it can happen soon.
"The injuries are taking a toll on us", James said.
But neither is the single-most disappointing team this season.
"Our big, big key guys". That's just the way this season has been.
While it should have been a joyous occasion on a joyful day, it turned out to be the beginning of the end for the Lakers season.More news: Trump today: Paul Manafort jailed
At the time, Lonzo tweeted (with a smiley emoji), "Lakers ain't even makin the Playoffs".
Anyone who's watched Zubac play this season knows the potential he has and the talent he already possesses, making the Lakers' decision to trade him all the more baffling. Luke Walton also held LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Josh Hart out of practice, though more for rest purposes after each carried a heavy load in Monday's loss to the Clippers. "Matter of fact, a lot of (expletives) got to go - starting with the coach", Dogg said. We're going to use playing hard, being focused and getting better. "It's tough times right now, and we can't let that get us down".
And then, as an afterthought: "We're still not mathematically out of it". Who saw that coming when LeBron James joined the team?
In the city derby, the Clippers beat the Lakers 113:105, which reduced the Lakers chances of advancing to the playoffs. Late in the game, they lost Kyle Kuzma to a sprained ankle.
While the Lakers' playoff aspirations were extinguished on Monday, there's good cause to believe they have yet to hit rock bottom.