It is early in the 2018 – 2019 season, but LeBron James is tired of losing, although he is cashing the cheques the Los Angeles Lakers are giving him.
LeBron typically waits nearer the end of the season, so that he can lose when it matters most, but that is the cross the best player in the entire universe must bear.
The Lakers have lost again, 124 – 120 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota was only recently an NBA laughingstock, but they have persevered to start the season off more strongly than L.A., posting a 3 – 4 record in the early going.
James sounded an ominous note with regard to his young squad, telling reporters, “You probably don’t want to be around when my patience runs out. Seriously.”
Patience is not something we have ever associated with James, but he apparently is of the opinion that it is in his possession.
Maybe he does. He missed his first five shots of the night, but patiently kept launching the ball at the basket until he had amassed 29 points for the night.
Best player in the universe? Needs to score 40 every night.
“We’ve got to get better. We know that. We talk about patience, but we can’t have reoccurrence of doing the same things over and over and over again and expecting a different result. That’s insanity,” he patiently explained while borrowing from Albert Einstein’s dictionary.
Elsewhere in the league, the Philadelphia 76ers are doing what they can to give Ben Simmons what he is owed. The club recently exercised its option to activate the fourth season of Simmons’ rookie contract.
Simmons will have to get by on under $12 million next season and he is locked up until the end of the 2019 – 2020 season, after which there may not be enough zeros in Australia to cover his first big contract.