Is it possible that Lebron is afraid to compete? It sure does feel that way. Yea, we know it's not true. But when Lebron griped about the "play-in tournament" the NBA has instituted, that was the only conclusion I could come to.
Why? Because suddenly, since the Lakers have been doing more losing, and there is a possibility they end up with a play in game, Lebron wants to complain about the whole idea.
“If we end up in the playoff — whatever that thing is — whoever came up with that s— needs to be fired,” James said. “But whatever.”
James is referencing the NBA’s play-in tournament, where seeds 7-10 have to fight their way into the playoffs. The way it's set up...
The #7 team plays the #8 team with the winner solidifying their spot as #7 seed in the playoffs.
Then the #9 team plays the #10 team. Whoever wins between #9 and #10 moves to the next round to play the loser between #7 and #8.
Whoever wins THAT game gets to keep the #8 seed position in the playoffs.
It's slightly complicated, but I LOVE IT. Any chance we have to add more competition to the field and give teams a chance to knock off a favorite, I'm all for it.
And now... suddenly, when it looks like the Lakers could end up in fighting for their playoff lives, Lebron's got a problem.
The GOAT would never!