"And right now we see he doesn’t really care.”
NBA Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier thinks LeBron James ought to at least act like he cares about being a part of the Lakers, even as the team finishes out their disappointing season.
During Sunday afternoon's loss to the New York Knicks, cameras panned to LeBron, who was seated all the way at the end of the Lakers bench, while his teammates huddled for a timeout.
Clyde offered the following in regards to LeBron in that moment:
“This type of behavior … when you’re the face of the NBA, you should be more a part of your team, folks,” Frazier said on the MSG broadcast (H/T New York Post).
“No matter what is going on. In the public, you gotta be a part of the team. Maybe in the locker room you’re not, but you have to exude that type of togetherness in public, folks. And right now we see he doesn’t really care.”
LeBron led all scorers on Sunday with 33 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds, but he was rejected by Knicks forward Mario Hezonja on the final possession, as the Knicks secured a 124-123 victory.
As a result of yesterday's loss, Los Angeles sits at 31-39 for the season.
"It bothers me in the fact we didn't close the game out, and being the competitor that I am, it bothers me that I didn't make enough plays down the stretch; it bothers me that I didn't even get a shot up at the hoop," James said, per ESPN. "Of course that stuff bothers me, but I mean what's the difference between their record and our record? Two teams out of the postseason. So there's no difference. We have a couple more wins than them, but both teams right now are on the outside looking in, so it's not much of a difference."