LA Lakers fans are turning on LeBron James, this is according to Sport Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp.
LeBron James was signed last summer by the Los Angeles Lakers with the hopes of him propelling them into a play-off spot and put them in contention for the NBA championship.
But things are not going quite as planned for the Lakers as they are far from making a play-off position.
Since LeBron James got injured on Christmas Day, the Lakers have struggled to put together consistent wins.
Now back in the side, James led the scoring with 33 points in the 125-119 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday night.
But recent criticisms from James about his team-mates – and the fact the Lakers are 10th in the Western Conference is turning some fans against him.
This is all according to Andrew Sharp who believes more questions would be asked about LeBron James’ impact at the Staples Center as the season edges to its end.
“Well, let me ask you something because I’m curious: At what point do we see Lakers fans begin to turn on LeBron and we see a Kobe fan uprising?” he asked.
“Because I think he’s gotten the benefit of the doubt from the majority of Lakers fans throughout this season.
“And it speaks to the thirst that that fan base has had for any kind of relevance, and they were willing to overlook a lot of shortcomings with LeBron, or at least potential downsides that came with this era.
“Even back in the preseason LeBron came out and said I don’t have to prove anything to these guys. I’m LeBron James.
“I wonder how long that is going to last because at some point people are going to turn around, and I think it started this weekend, where he questioned whether basketball was the first priority in the lives of guys like Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram and the rest of that team.
“Which goes without saying you can ask the same about LeBron.
“So that’s what I’m watching for over the next two months. I don’t really see this Lakers team making the playoffs, but I’m more curious about how that plays around L.A.”
The Lakers face Eastern Conference leaders Milwaukee Bucks next at home on Saturday.