LeBron James Isn’t A Fan Of The Play-In Tournament Anymore

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in danger of falling into the play-in tournament. The Lakers are currently 36-28, good for the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. However, they currently hold the tiebreaker over the No. 7 seed Portland Trailblazers. It is possible that the Lakers could fall into a play-in spot with a poor finish on the season. LeBron James does not appear to be a fan of that idea.

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“Whoever came up with that s—t needs to be fired,” LeBron said of the play-in tournament on Sunday night.

The irony of LeBron’s statement is that he seems to have circled back on his own words. Back in 2020, the Los Angeles Lakers star was touting the idea.


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“One thing you can’t just do is go straight to the playoffs, because it discredits the 60-plus games that guys had fighting for that position,” LeBron said in March 2020 on the “Road Trippin” podcast. “You got Portland. You got Memphis…New Orleans and Sacramento tinkering around there…so if there is five or 10 games left…why not those guys battle it out? Make them play each other all five games?”

That was LeBron James’s sentiment when the league was shut down do the COVID outbreak. Now that the Lakers are in jeopardy of having to play in LeBron doesn’t seem to be a fan of the idea at all. I’m sure playing is better than the alternative for LeBron and the Lakers. At least you still get a chance to contend for a title when you have to play in.
LeBron said that he doesn’t think he will return to 100% this season after suffering an ankle injury. However, I am confident that he would prefer playing into the playoffs to sitting and watching them from his couch. Hopefully, the Lakers finish the season strong and keep themselves out of the play-in spot.

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