Lakers Teammates Confront LeBron James About His Poor Body Language

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Lakers Teammates Confront LeBron James About His Poor Body Language

The Los Angeles Lakers have had the season from hell with the franchise about to miss the playoffs for the sixth season in a row. Expectations were very high at the start of the season with four-time MVP, LeBron James joining the team.

ESPN have looked into the Lakers season to find out what exactly went wrong and why the team chemistry has been so poor. Part of the reason may have to do with the injuries that some of the core players have sustained through parts of the season.

However, it turns out that the Lakers had multiple player only meetings where they spoke about LeBron James’ poor body language.

“In what became an open forum, several players spoke up. Players focused on James’ inconsistent body language throughout the year. The four-time MVP copped to the critique, telling his teammates that, in essence, cutting out behaviour like slumped shoulders and sideways glances has been something he has tried to work on his entire career.”

“One team source told ESPN that they didn’t feel as though James fully engaged with the younger teammates prior to the trade deadline.”

They have a meeting in Memphis, and they tried to resolve the problem.

The meeting in Memphis was a retort of sorts. In what became an open forum, several players spoke up. Players focused on James’ inconsistent body language throughout the year. The four-time MVP copped to the critique, telling his teammates that, in essence, cutting out behavior like slumped shoulders and sideways glances has been something he has tried to work on his entire career.

The next night, James seemed to take the criticism to heart, putting his arms around guys during huddles, looking engaged during timeouts, and being vocal on defense — but the Lakers still lost, 110-105, to a Grizzlies team that had lost 17 of their previous 20 games.

It looks to be a bit of a bad combination between the body language and the constant injuries that have cost the Lakers their season.
Here’s a video of LeBron James’ reaction to his teammates by sitting at the end of the bench by himself: