Angeles Lakers Fighting Just to Make N.B.A. playoffs

James, who has a history of making cryptic comments, raised eyebrows after praising Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead after the Rams won the Super Bowl and again after praising Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti in response to a seemingly innocuous question about one of his players at an All-Star Weekend news conference. There was speculation that his comments were actually critiques of the Lakers’ front office.

Angeles Lakers Fighting Just to Make N.B.A. playoffs

Angeles Lakers

After telling The Athletic he hadn’t ruled out a return to Cleveland, James’s relationship with the Lakers was the subject of intense conjecture.

From here on out, we can see that this is not the case. Following the All-Star Game, James claimed that people were reading too much into what he had said. They were “simply noise,” as Vogel put it.

Multiple persons with knowledge of the meeting say that Rich Paul, James’s agent, met with Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ vice president for basketball operations, and Jeanie Buss, the team’s governor and chief executive, to reassure them that James was dedicated to being a Laker.

Last Words

Paul has developed a strong relationship with Pelinka and Buss as the agent for two of the most valuable players on the current Laker roster: LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Last week’s chat helped to ease tensions caused by the disappointment of the season.

The Lakers and their star player have put forward a united front in the past week. However, the action on the court was not affected by the conference.

Davis has been sidelined since February 16 due to a foot sprain. He has missed 24 games so far this season. Counting those he’s missed, James now has 17. James, Davis, and Westbrook last appeared in a game together on January 25 at Brooklyn.