LeBron James is one of the greatest players of all time, but it seems as though even he has his limits. The Los Angeles Lakers have recently been defeated by the San Antonio Spurs 138-110.
It is clear that LeBron James did all he could, as he put up a stat line of 36 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Russell Westbrook also made great contributions, with 30 points and 7 rebounds. But their performances weren't enough for the Anthony Davis-less Lakers to overcome the Spurs, who were led by Keita Bates-Diop's 30 points off the bench.
Lakers fans were clearly unhappy with the loss, and many of them blasted the team after the loss. The loss to the Spurs marks the 4th straight lost game by the Los Angeles Lakers. This blowout loss also marks the end of the arena being named Staples Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers are now officially below .500, with a 16-17 record. Even with LeBron James finally having a consistent run of games without injury, they simply haven't been able to become a better squad. While obviously, LeBron James is still playing at a high level, the rest of the team has not been able to match that energy.
While the Lakers do have a lot of star power, it is quite possible that they will make a move prior to the end of the trade deadline. The Lakers have been linked with Jerami Grant and Ben Simmons, and perhaps we'll see them manage to agree on a trade for either player. The Lakers desperately need better defenders. Even Anthony Davis has criticized the team's subpar defense before, and either of those two players would help them improve.
There have been people who have suggested that the Los Angeles Lakers could make a run in the near future. However, there have been no signs pointing to that outcome, and they need to figure things out fast if they want to do so.