Lakers Veteran Defends LeBron James Amid Hefty Criticism

It is going to be a long offseason for LeBron James and the Lakers.

BYAlexander Cole
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If you were paying attention to the Los Angeles Lakers this season, then you would know just how bad they were despite the expectations. Everyone thought this team was going to do big things but in the end, they were not very good. Russell Westbrook was a disaster and Anthony Davis was always injured. As a result, LeBron James had to carry the entire team on his back. He played tremendously well this season, however, it just was not enough to overcome the disjointed roster.

Despite his solid play, there are still some pundits out there who believe he wasn't doing enough. The likes of Skip Bayless believe this is the worst thing that could have happened to LeBron, and it's clear that a lot of the critiques are getting out of hand. While speaking to TMZ Sports, Kent Bazemore of the Lakers was quick to defend LeBron, noting that he did everything he could to salvage the year.

Lakers Veteran Defends LeBron James Amid Hefty Criticism
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“The dude was third in the league in scoring," Bazemore said. "What else do you want him to do? He put his body through a lot this year to be there for us. He’s chasing Kareem. He’s done a lot for the game… He’s changing the world.”

The Lakers rely on LeBron and with the superstar turning 38 years old this year, it will be interesting to see how his body holds up. Either way, there is no denying the Lakers will need to make some massive changes if they want to be any good next year.


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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.