WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Lebron James expressed his opposition against the NBA’s new play-in tournament.
- The Los Angeles Lakers is currently on sixth spot in the Western rankings.
- The NBA star said that he needed to get back in 100 percent shape.
Following Sunday’s defeat against the Toronto Raptors (121-114), NBA superstar Lebron James was asked about the new ‘play-in’ format of the league and was very vocal about his opposition.
“Whoever came up with that s— needs to be fired,” James said, referring to the play-in tournament.
Like Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban and player Luke Doncic, the 36-year-old athlete was clearly not a fan of the new format, even if that would be the only chance for them to join the playoffs as the Lakers are now on the verge of falling into seventh to eighth spot in the Western ranking.
Per NBA, the play-in tournament will be joined by “teams with the 7th-highest through the 10th-highest winning percentages in each conference will qualify to determine the 7th & 8th seeds.”
“The second half of the regular season will be followed by the 2021 NBA Play-In Tournament, May 18-21!” the league announced on Twitter in March.
The Los Angeles Lakers are continuously on a losing streak despite James’ return. The team lost seven of their last 10 games. Ever since Anthony Davis and James were sidelined, the team had a total of 19 losses, losing their initial second place in the Western standing down to sixth.
Obviously, James is not fully healed. He left Sunday’s game with seven minutes remaining in the 4th quarter after experiencing soreness on his ankle. In his post-game interview, he said that his current objective is to be completely healthy.
“I definitely want to get healthy. Not only for myself, but for our team,” James said, per ESPN. “I need to make sure my ankle is where it was before the injury. I’ve got to be smart with it.”