LeBron James Had Superhero-Like Reason for Why He Tweeted Apology to Lakers Fans After 37-Point Loss: ‘I Got This’

A day after the Los Angeles Lakers got destroyed by the Denver Nuggets by 37 points, LeBron James took to social media to apologize to Lakers fans. His apology came after Lakers legend Magic Johnson called out the team for their poor effort against the Nuggets, who played without Jamal Murray, Austin Rivers, and Michael Porter Jr. and still dominated the purple and gold.

LeBron didn’t speak to the media following the Lakers’ loss to the Nuggets, which doesn’t happen often. Instead, he put on his Superman cape and vowed the team would be better to Lakers fans.

LeBron James: “I got this”

The Lakers secured their best win of the season on January 17 by defeating the Utah Jazz. LeBron led the way with 25 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists while shooting 9-of-20 from the field, 3-of-8 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-8 from the free-throw line.

During his postgame media session, LeBron was asked why he tweeted an apology to Lakers fans, and the four-time MVP had a superhero-like reason.

“Just taking the onus and letting Laker Nation know,” LeBron said, via ESPN. “Wasn’t about anybody; it was about our fans and the people that ride and die with us every single day. Let them know that I got this and it wouldn’t happen again.”

LeBron is one of the best leaders in the NBA. His teammates certainly played with a greater sense of urgency against the Jazz after the King’s tweet went viral, holding the Jazz — who entered the game with the No. 1 offense in the NBA — to 36.9% shooting from the field.

“I love the way we responded today,” LeBron said.

LBJ wasn’t the only person impressed by the Lakers’ effort against the Jazz. Head coach Frank Vogel, who is reportedly on the hot seat, was proud to see his guys lock in on defense.

Frank Vogel: “Our guys finally locked in”

The Lakers forced 14 turnovers against the Jazz and limited them to 26.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Vogel, a defensive-minded coach, was happy that LeBron and Co. “finally locked in” on the defensive side of the ball.

“I think there’s a huge lesson to be learned with this group that we’re going nowhere without being a great defensive team,” Vogel said. “Our guys finally locked in, and this is the No. 1 offense in the league by a mile, and we did a great job in all phases. When we play like this, we know we can beat anybody. But it hasn’t been consistent enough, and there’s a big lesson to be learned from this game.”

The Lakers are seventh in the NBA in scoring. They average 111.5 points per game. However, they are putrid on defense, giving up 112.9 points a night, 27th in the league. The absence of Anthony Davis is a big reason why the Lakers are struggling to stop teams, but they can’t use that as an excuse. Almost every NBA club is dealing with injuries and COVID-19-related absences. The Lakers need to play with more consistent effort if they want to make the playoffs and compete for a championship.

LeBron is a four-time champion and four-time Finals MVP. He knows better than anyone how important defense is. If the Lakers want to turn their season around, they need to channel what they did in 2020.

LeBron James, Lakers need to channel their 2020 defense

The Lakers won the 2020 championship behind the stellar play of LeBron and Davis, but their defense was stout as well. They allowed only 107.6 points per game in the regular season and stifled the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Nuggets, and Miami Heat in the postseason en route to winning the title.

It’s been strange to watch the Lakers struggle on defense this season since they have several good defenders in LeBron, Davis, Avery Bradley, and Dwight Howard. Despite how offensively gifted LeBron and Davis are, Los Angeles won’t make the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference if it doesn’t shore up its defense sooner rather than later.

For one night, LeBron and the Lakers showed their potential on defense against the Jazz. The Akron Hammer backed up his tweet for one game, but the challenge is to do it for the rest of the campaign and salvage the Lakers’ season.

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