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LeBron James Responds to Magic Johnson Criticism Following Epic Denver Loss

The Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to mount a real push for the NBA title this season, but thus far, they’ve failed to hit a consistent run of form and face the possibility of having to qualify for the postseason via the ‘play-in’ tournament, if at all.

The arrival of a number of big names, including Russell Westbrook, led to the Lakers starting the season as one of the favorites, but things haven’t gone as many would have expected them to. The Lakers now sit in mid-January with a less than glorious 22-22 record, and it’s entirely plausible that Frank Vogel’s side might not even make it to the ‘play-in ‘tournament, let alone make it directly to the playoffs.

Things have got to a rather poor place, and the latest NBA lines don’t support the Lakers either, especially after their monumental loss to the Denver Nuggets, where LeBron James and co lost by a massive 37 points.

That defeat led to a response from NBA legend Magic Johnson, where the five-time NBA Champion called out the Lakers on their poor commitment on the court, tweeting;

“After being blown out by the Nuggets 133-96, we as @Lakers fans can accept being outplayed, but we deserve more than a lack of effort and no sense of urgency. Owner @JeanieBuss, you deserve better.”

This led to Westbrook responding in a fairly curt and unbecoming manner;

“I do not have a reaction,”

“Everybody is entitled, in this world, to their opinion. Regardless of what that it is. You can either take it and run with it, or you can take it and put it in one ear and out the other, or you cannot respond to it.”

“Magic’s entitled to his opinion. And he’s not here every day. He’s not around us every day. He’s not aware of what’s going on internally with us and trying to figure things out. But I have no response to that. Like I said, everyone in this world is entitled to their opinion, and that’s that.”

Clearly, there are some opinions that matter and some that matter less, but when a former Los Angeles Lakers great, such as Magic Johnson, it’s best to stay silent for fear of the situation getting a whole lot worse.

In stepped LeBron James to make a more sober stance, making a simple tweet that made it clear that he understood the situation;

“#LakerNation I apologize, and I promise we’ll be better!”.

Of course, the question is whether the Lakers can make it better? The NBA season is a long one, and that gives LeBron, Russell, and co a chance to reverse the tide and get back in the rhythm of a good run of form.

A solid run from game 45 to game 82 will give the Lakers a chance of getting to the playoffs, and then things turn into something more like a lottery where quality can truly shine through.

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