LeBron James will likely miss the playoffs this season for the first time since the 2005 season, and former teammate Channing Frye feels no sympathy for him.
Frye said this to Cleveland.com while explaining why he doesn’t care whether LeBron makes the playoffs:
“If we’re not making the playoffs I don’t give a s— what happens elsewhere. How do you think it sits with us? Of course, it sucks. Well, guess what (Los Angeles)? Next time go win some more games. I don’t feel bad for him. I’m not like, ‘Oh, poor Bron. He’s not making the playoffs.’ I’m the kid that takes his ball home when he loses. That’s what it is. You ask me about anybody else. Phoenix? Bye. Us? Bye. New York? Bye. It’s alright. Bron will be alright. Longer summer. Work on your game.”
While Frye points out the reality of the Lakers situation, it’s important to remember that the season was not a waste for LeBron. He passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list and had a chance to mentor some of the best young players in the NBA.
The Lakers started out great and even held the 5th seed in the west until LeBron went down. Soon after, Lonzo went down too and the Lakers suddenly found themselves at the 10th seed.
Frye may be right, the Lakers do need to work on their game. However, it would be unfair not to point out some of the Lakers highlights of the season like beating the Warriors over 20 points on Christmas and Rajon Rondo’s heroic game-winner against the Celtics.
It will be a season of reflection for the King and the Purple and Gold. It seems like they can’t get it done without another superstar, no matter how good their young core is.
Frye, much like LeBron, is missing the postseason as well which would describe the reason for his comments.