LeBron James leaving country ahead of All-Star Game
LeBron James will take part in many of the festivities surrounding All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, N.C., but not before he takes a brief vacation to clear his head.
Sources say James is set to embark on a quick getaway out of the country before heading back to the U.S. for the All-Star Game, marking his 15th straight appearance.
“You got to decompress and get away from the game a little bit,” James said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Those guys will have a lot more time than I will, obviously. I’ll be right back into it in two days. But just get fresh, get your minds right, get your bodies right. Come back with the notion that we’ll make the playoffs.”
Coming off an incredibly disappointing 117-113 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers sit at 28-29, two-and-a-half games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It marks the latest in a season that a LeBron-led team has been under .500 since his rookie campaign in 2003-04.
What’s worse, Basketball Reference now pegs the Lakers as postseason long shots, giving the team only a six-percent chance of making it into the West’s final eight.
James insisted Tuesday night that he’s not overly concerned about the Lakers’ postseason prospects, although given how he previously insisted there’s no telling when he’ll run out of patience concerning this Lakers experiment certainly could prove telling at some point.
Further, James’ frustration level has been said to be “visibly high” at several points this season, according to reports, which arguably does not bode well for embattled Lakers head coach Luke Walton, whose grip on his job grows more tenuous by the day.
Whether or not the All-Star break is coming at a perfect time for James and the struggling Lakers remains to be seen. Perhaps heading out of the country for a couple of days will help James reset.