James was asked if he had any special thoughts returning to the United Center. And if I didn't do that, it would've been a layup and not really that much fun.
"I'll be watching it if we're not there, and it looks like our chances are slim to none after each and every game", he told reporters. James leasds the team in minutes per game.
The Lakers sit seven and a half games in back of the eight-seed San Antonio Spurs, and barring a historic collapse by San Antonio, the Lakers will miss the playoffs in a season that once held a ton of promise.
During an episode of Fox Sports 1's First Things First sports television personality and sports radio talk show host Nick Wright discussed the severity of Ingram's health concerns and what it means for the Lakers moving forward.
Yet the team was still slow out of the gate and trailed the Chicago Bulls by 18 points at the end of the first quarter.
Then something finally start to click for the Lakers. "It felt like everybody got shots tonight". Ingram particularly excelled after the All-Star break and the trade deadline, averaging 27.8 points in his six most recent games.
If the assets Los Angeles has been counting on to turn into superstars do not bloom, where does that leave the team and 34-year-old James, who signed a four-year deal last offseason? James has not been the miracle Laker fans have prayed for since 2013. Portland led 95-94 with 8:50 remaining before going on a 15-3 spurt that included 13 straight points by McCollum, including three 3-pointers.
"We got defensive stops and we made some shots".
James's contract does not include a no-trade clause, which by National Basketball Association rules can only be attained by players with at least four years of service with the team drawing up the deal, as well as with at least eight total years in the league.