LeBron James causing huge friction, young players ready to REVOLT

Anthony Davis to remain in Pelicans lineup for now

The Pelicans rested Anthony Davis in the game.

On Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers lost, 128-115, to the Pelicans, who were playing without Anthony Davis, in New Orleans, a loss that marked the first time a team led by James has dipped below.500 at this point of the season since his second year in the league in 2004-05. After the game, James told reporters the team can't be "afraid to get uncomfortable". It's not even like when you get to the arena.

"I'm playing devil's advocate, you know?"

'That urgency has to be there and we dug ourselves a hole, ' said James, whose Lakers are three-and-a-half games out of a play-off spot in the Western Conference.

James added: "The last few years, everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to".

Davis bruised his shoulder and had to leave the Pelicans' last game before the break.

National Basketball Association rules forbid clubs from resting healthy players in any way deemed detrimental to the league, particularly for nationally televised games and road games.




The bottom line here is that the Lakers can't compete with whatever the Celtics are reportedly offering.

'It's not personal because there are players and coaches over there that I have a great relationship with, but to get a win against old team-mates is always cool, ' Randle said.

Reserve forward Cheick Diallo, now in his third season out of Kansas, had one of the better games of his career. Ian Clark scored 17 off the bench, and Elfrid Payton finished with 14 points and nine assists for New Orleans.

"LeBron's frustrated, it's been a frustrating season, it was going to be tough in the transition but he didn't think it was going to be this tough", Carter said on First Things First. Being a leader is very, very tough and I thought what LeBron said was the truth, but it didn't help these young players.

Reserve forward Cheick Diallo also delivered for the Pelicans as he shot a flawless 8-of-8 from the field to finish with 18 points on top of 10 rebounds and a couple of blocks. They are 1.5 behind the Sacramento Kings for ninth in the West.

James has appeared in 239 playoff games and wants more. He will nearly definitely become a candidate in Cleveland.

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