Lakers Fans Ask Kobe Bryant to Make Comeback for Playoff Push

Lakers Fans Ask Kobe Bryant to Make Comeback for Playoff Push

Lakers Fans Ask Kobe Bryant to Make Comeback for Playoff Push

With the spotlight firmly on the Lakers, who face the reality of missing the playoffs after sitting fourth in the West prior to LeBron's 17-game absence due to injury, James said that any players letting distractions affect their play were on the "wrong franchise".

But the all-time great was not in a celebratory mood after a second straight loss in the Lakers' post All-Star break playoff push, undoing the good work of a comeback win against the Rockets.

But five months after James began training with the Lakers, the perfectly scripted finale has been stuck in what entertainment industry executives call "development hell".

With the Lakers now on a two-game losing streak and the playoffs falling quickly out of reach, it seems James himself is in the most uncomfortable position he has been in a long time.

After their disappointing 128-115 loss to the lottery-bound New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, James questioned his team's sense of urgency at this point in the season with a potential playoff spot hanging in the balance.

"The last few years, everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to", said three-time National Basketball Association champion James, who joined the Lakers last July despite the team having failed to reach the play-offs since 2013. That's what you want.

James meanwhile had earlier spoken favorably of a possible link-up with Davis, saying playing alongside the Pelicans ace would be "amazing". That's what you want every game. Whether superstar Anthony Davis plays or rests, the Pelicans have more than enough firepower if the Lakers' defense is not up to the challenge.

With 22 games remaining in the regular season, the race for the playoffs is well underway.

ESPN's Real Plus-Minus stat measures the positive or negative impact a player makes on his team while on the court. "You want to feel like you're fighting for something".

"Everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to", he said.

The Lakers are now 11th in the West and their next game comes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Much like the team he inherited after being chosen by the Cavaliers in 2003, James has had to work from the ground up to get a team to the playoffs in the midst of a postseason drought. It was also a chance to further separate themselves from James and the Lakers.

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