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LeBron James reacts to the Lakers staying consistent at the trade deadline

Feb 10, 2024 #Lakers, #LeBron James

Even after cryptic emojis and talk about LeBron James using the New York Knicks as a tool to put pressure on the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Rob Pelinka and his front office didn’t budge.

James was brief when asked about his roster after the Lakers didn’t make a single trade until a 114-106 loss to the defending champion Denver Nuggets shortly after the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

“I don’t know. [I don’t know. We haven’t gotten to that point so it’s hard for me to say,” James told reporters when asked what is going to take for them when everyone is healthy to make a title push this season.

Pressed again on how much internal growth they need to figure out the rest of the season, James again pointed to their oft-repeated excuse for their shortcomings and struggles.
“Health,” James said bluntly. “Max [Christie] went down today … So our whole year has been about health.”

Christie left the game late in the first half and did not return after hurting his ankle. The second-year wing joined D’Angelo Russell (knee), Gabe Vincent (knee surgery), Cam Reddish (ankle) and Jarred Vanderbilt (foot).

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Despite missing several rotation players, the Lakers kept the game alive and tied the game on Austin Reaves’ 3-pointer with 2:18 left. The Nuggets went on a 10-2 run to beat the Lakers again.

LeBron praised the chemistry between Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. Reeves noted that the Nuggets earned their second straight win over the Lakers this season, with the duo of Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic continuing their normal play.

But even if the Lakers knew what was coming, they couldn’t have prevented it.

A very good team has the ability to play the way they played the entire game until the end of the game.”

James said. “You know you have certain packages they can go to where they can get a really good shot but it makes it even more dynamic when you have a point guard and you have a center as great as Jamal [Murray] and [Nikola] Jokic. So it definitely helps the play calls when you have those two guys.”

The Nuggets hit 2 3-pointers courtesy of Murray and Michael Porter Jr. out of Jokic’s high-post play during their 10-2 closing run. Their other field goals during that run came off Murray’s floater and Porter Jr.’s alley-oop in transition.

Why Lakers Stood Pat at the Trade Deadline
Lakers general manager and vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka had an interesting analogy on why they stood pat the trade deadline.

“My job is always to look for ways to upgrade our roster, but you can’t buy a house that’s not for sale,” Pelinka told reporters via Lakers Nation. “There was no right move, sometimes it was a calculated and cunning calculation. …

“We didn’t want to take small steps that would provide little improvement at the expense of much larger, more impactful actions that could potentially happen in June and July.”

The Lakers will have three first-round picks this offseason, which they believe will be enough to land them a star.

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