LeBron's Lakers no longer favored to reach playoffs

LeBron James and the Lakers are battling the Kings in the race for a Western Conference playoff spot

LeBron James and the Lakers are battling the Kings in the race for a Western Conference playoff spot

LeBron James immediately switched his attention to the Lakers' playoff push after his team's victory in the NBA All-Star Game.

The absence was the longest of LeBron's career and dealt a major blow to the Lakers' chances of reaching the playoff, as they went 6-11 over the stretch.

According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the Lakers "are privately a little concerned about LeBron". "It'd have to be the right situation", James said. Ever since Klutch Sports signed on Davis as a client, the suspicion has been that Davis should be headed to the Lakers but now that looks a lot bleaker going forward. "If I wanted to run for the president of the United States, I got a team around me that could help me possibly win it, if I decided I wanted to give my all to it". That's my only mindset.

After a victory in the NBA All-Star Game, LeBron James immediately trained his sights on reaching the playoffs with the Lakers.

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Los Angeles returns to action after the All-Star Game break on Thursday with a home game against the Houston Rockets, before a two-game road trip with stops in New Orleans and Memphis. James' combination of accrued salary, sponsorships and business investments should allow him to head an ownership group when he is ready to make a purchase. Once we get to that point, we'll cross that path.

"It was one of the easiest in the game. See you all the second half of the season".

Being part of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise comes with facing a media scope that's largely unrivaled in the National Basketball Association, and that has gone into overdrive since the signing of LeBron James last summer.

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