LeBron James has been criticized quite a bit this season, something that was bound to happen considering how poor the Los Angeles Lakers have been this season. But while there has been criticism for his hand in constructing the roster and involvement in bringing Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, the one thing Bron cannot be faulted for is his play during the 2021-22 season.
Despite being in his 19th season in the league, James was in the fight for the scoring title till the very last week of the regular season, putting up incredible numbers despite his team's general poor displays. There was a point after the All-Star break where the only 2 games the Lakers had won in the middle of a long losing streak were because LeBron popped off for 50 points.
And his teammate Kent Bazemore has made that point to TMZ Sports, questioning what else James has to do to not be harshly criticized for the team's lack of success.
"The dude was third in the league in scoring," Baze said at LAX this week. "What else do you want him to do? He put his body through a lot this year to be there for us."
Bron averaged 30.3 points per game to go along with 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists, unreal numbers because he is 37 now. And James is very close to catching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who sits atop the NBA's all-time leading scorer list. Bazemore addressed this as well, saying that LeBron is chasing Kareem's record.
"He's chasing Kareem," Kent added. "He's done a lot for the game. He's given a platform to a lot of people. He's changing the world."
In the NBA, as important as individual stats are, winning is even more important. Ultimately, if a team doesn't even make it to the postseason, everything else is unlikely to matter. As LeBron continues to chase Michael Jordan to try and claim the crown of GOAT, he knows he will have to lead his team to at least another championship.