LeBron James is all good with the Lakers front office, and hilariously shut down an ESPN report stating otherwise on Wednesday. (Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Dave McMenamin reported on Wednesday that the Los Angeles Lakers have
“a lot of work to do to repair their relationship” with LeBron James
this offseason — a topic that was discussed on ESPN’s “First Take” on
From the outside looking in, it’s easy to see why that would make sense.
Lakers missed the postseason this year, marking the first time since
the 2004-05 season that James has failed to reach the playoffs. The team fired head coach Luke Walton just days after team president Magic Johnson surprisingly stepped down, too.
everything that has happened to James this season, paired with the
current turmoil within in the organization, it would make sense that the
best player in the league is upset after his first year in Los Angeles.
James, though, wasn’t having it.
Lakers star — who actually saw the report on “First Take” while working
out at the team facility — posted a video to his Instagram story
denying the reports.
LeBron called BS on ESPN ????
(via @KingJames) pic.twitter.com/3h4LfcSehH
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) April 24, 2019
“That. Is. Not. True,” James said laughing. “That’s not true at all. I’m actually at the Lakers facility right now!”
34-year-old averaged 27.4 points and 8.5 rebounds this season in Los
Angeles, but only played in a career-low 55 games — partly due to a
groin injury he suffered on Christmas Day, which sidelined him for five
weeks while the team plummeted in the standings.
the Lakers have a lot of work to do this offseason — including hiring a
head coach and landing a star player in free agency, among other things
— “repairing their relationship” with James is apparently not
They are all good on that front.