LeBron James is accustomed to fans' booing. After all, he's become public enemy number one to numerous teams because he eliminates them from the playoffs almost every year. So what he's not used to is hearing the home fans' booing him and the Lakers in their arena. The King finally gave his reaction to the issue.
" I ride or die with Lakers faithful"
The Lakers have lost three in a row and currently sit at the 9th spot in West Conference. At 27-34, there's a bigger chance of them missing the play-in tournament than making it, and the fans are smart enough to know this. They started letting the team know of their displeasure and frustrations against the New Orleans Pelicans, who were without their injured star, Zion Williamson.
Lakers stars shrugged off the booing. Russell Westbrook claimed he doesn't bring it home with him as he has a beautiful family waiting for him. Meanwhile, LeBron James' message carried a more passive tone.
"I ride or die with Lakers faithful. If they boo, I'm with em. They cheer, I'm with em."
LeBron is a smart guy. He knows not to irate fans further, given their frustrations are just normal reactions to the team's poor performance. He also knows they stil have a chance. Heck, every team James is on always has a chance to make the postseason. So James riding with the fans instead of lambasting them for leaving the team when they needed them the most is understandable and logical.
The Lakers need to get a good run
The Lakers need to get a good winning run going, and everything will fall into place. The problem is that everything seems to be going against their plans. The chemistry of the team and the body language aren't looking good, too.
The L.A. Lakers rallied from 21 points down but fell short against the Dallas Mavericks. That's what you like to see from them, a fight and a pushback. So even though the effort fell short, there was an effort in trying to win.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the Lakers have a nine percent chance of making the 2022 playoffs. Tanking is out of the picture. The Lakers and LeBron are still fighting to the end, trying to punch in that last play-in ticket. Meanwhile, the fans should ride and die with their team, too.