LeBron James: Lakers Have “A Lot” To Fix

It was a historic night on Monday for Lakers star LeBron James, who became the NBA’s all-time leader in total regular season and postseason minutes, reaching 66,319 and surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (66,297). However, James also suffered the worst loss of his 21-year NBA career, as his team was on the losing end of a 44-point blowout in Philadelphia.

Asked after the game what the Lakers need to do to avoid more defeats like Monday’s, LeBron didn’t offer any specifics, but he also didn’t exactly express that the club would be fine with some minor tweaks, as Dave McMenamin of ESPN writes.

“What needs to change in order for that not to happen again?” he said. “Um, a lot.”

Responding to a follow-up question about whether there’s anything in particular the Lakers need to focus on, James replied, “No. A lot.”

The Lakers have a 10-8 record, but their advanced stats haven’t been particularly impressive — their minus-1.9 net rating ranks 21st in the NBA, and they have the league’s 25th-best offensive rating (110.5). It has been an underwhelming few weeks for a team that made the Western Conference Finals last spring and has title aspirations this season.

Injuries are partly to blame for the Lakers’ poor start, as Jarred Vanderbilt (heel), Gabe Vincent (knee), Cam Reddish (groin), and Rui Hachimura (nasal fracture) all remain unavailable. Still, Monday’s effort was a disappointing one, with Anthony Davis suggesting after the game that a film session might be necessary before Wednesday’s contest in Detroit.

“We’ve got to look at it, embrace it, own it,” Davis said. “Guys don’t take it personal for whatever’s said in the film, and then move on from it.”

According to McMenamin, former Lakers head coach Frank Vogel conducted regular film sessions, but they sometimes became “volatile” when a player interpreted an instruction as a “pointed attack rather than a teaching moment.” Davis doesn’t think that will be an issue with this group.

“You’re sitting there and watching film … it’s also in front of the entire team, the coaching staff,” Davis said. “I don’t think we have guys who probably will take it personal. But if they do, that’s probably another conversation.”

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