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LeBron James is coming to terms with father time as the Los Angeles Lakers continue to lose

The way he's talking about the Lakers makes it seem James is becoming increasingly aware of something every athlete learns - father time is undefeated.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James

LeBron James

For almost two decades, Lebron James has been the biggest name in the NBA. During his stints with the Cavaliers, Heat, and (currently) the Lakers, he has faced backlash as a player but has always managed to shut his haters down with utmost panache. LeBron's control in front of the public has been pristine 99% of the time. 

Breaking character

James, a surreal character back in his Miami Heat days, tried to deal with all the criticism he got for moving to Miami by accepting the villain role. It reached its pinnacle at the end of the 2011 season.

After the Heat lost to the Mavericks in 2011, everyone not a Miami fan celebrated. LeBron moving to Miami to form a super team with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh felt like cheating. They seemed invincible and quite arrogant from Day 1, starting with the "not 1, not 2, not 3" comments. 

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So when the complete opposite storyline prevailed - Dirk Nowitzki, who stayed loyal to Dallas finally got his ring, a lot of people jumped on social media to express their feelings. On top of that, LeBron couldn't solve 5'10'' J.J. Barea guarding him. The trolling was unrelenting.

Can the King win the 5th ring?

It looks highly unlikely that James and Co. can turn their fate around for the current season and make it to the playoffs, let alone win the title. The Lakers have been inconsistent for over a year, and this season isn't looking any better. Seems like for the first time since 2011, LeBron can't put a team on his back and make it work - and it's showing in his press conferences. 

James has to combine with the likes of Davis and Westbrook. He has to become a leader again and try to bring out the best form in his unit if the franchise has to become a contender for the playoffs this season. 

The way he's talking about the Lakers makes it seem James is becoming increasingly aware of something every athlete learns - father time is undefeated. 

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