LeBron James blasted for not being ‘all in’ on Lakers amid Davis saga | Other | Sport

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That’s the suspicion of Fox Sports’ NBA analyst Colin Cowherd.

The Lakers have been trying to secure a deal for Davis since he told the New Orleans Pelicans he sees his long-term future elsewhere and would not sign a new contract with the organisation last week.

It is widely reported that LeBron is desperate for the Lakers to land Davis to give him more All-Star-calibre support as he seeks to win a championship at Staples Center.

But the Lakers’ approaches for the Pelicans have so far gone unanswered, despite Los Angeles being willing to offer up the bulk of their roster plus picks and salary cap relief to get a deal done.

Asked about the trade rumours in the wake of their blow-out loss to the Indiana Pacers, LeBron said: “Obviously we have a lot of guys that have been in trade talks the last couple of weeks that’s never been in that position before.

“I know it has to be tough on a lot of our guys, especially our young guys.

“I know that the worst thing that you can do right now is be on social media and I know all young guys love being on social media, so that definitely can’t help.”

But Cowherd believes the 34-year-old is showing signs in that he is not wholeheartedly devoted to the cause in southern California.

Cowherd told The Herd on FS1: “LeBron is distancing himself from it which I understand he has to do but nobody really buys that. What I’ve noticed, this will probably offend the LeBron camp, there’s two fractions working. 

“There’s the Lakers fraction where they release a press release about LeBron’s health and then Rich Paul part of Klutch Sports and LeBron’s group come out in hysterics and just totally overreacted. 

“Similarly in this situation we’ve got Klutch leaking stuff to build their brand, the Lakers leaking stuff to protect their brand. I feel like there’s been two LeBrons. 

“The first LeBron was the LeBron in Cleveland and in the first three years in Miami, he was all in on his team. He left Cleveland but he loved that city, he loved that team and it was not an easy decision. 

“He went to Miami, had to get some championships, for three years he was all in to that roster. Mario Chalmers drove him crazy but he was all in on [Pat] Riley, Micky [Arison]. 

“Then there’s the second LeBron, the final year in Miami, all the years back in Cleveland and this year for the Lakers. There’s the team and then there’s LeBron and his guys and they’re never glued. 

“LeBron has his mission, his legacy, his ideas, his world view and then there’s the team. I really feel like the first seven years in Cleveland and first three years in Miami, LeBron was all in as a unit. 

“Now there’s the team and LeBron is part of the team and he can say nice stuff and high five but he’s got a separate mission, a separate business, a separate empire and a separate group.

“I don’t think the Lakers are one, LeBron doesn’t feel like he’s totally committed to the franchise. At some point, are you in? Kobe Bryant was a Laker, Magic [Johnson] was a Laker. 

“I never felt Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal] was all Laker, he loved the Lakers because it’s in LA but if they were in Cleveland, he wouldn’t like them as much. He moved to L.A., had a movie, was popular, had side businesses. 

“At some point no matter how big you get, you’re part of a team and a unit or you’re not. I don’t feel like LeBron is all in. I know he signed for four years but I feel like he’s part of a team, he’s not of the team. 

“He is a Laker but he’s not really, really all in of the Lakers. You’ve got to make a choice, got to commit, it can’t be about your empire, Klutch Sports or your guys.”



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