For the second time in four years LeBron James has worn a Lakers uniform, he’s at home watching the NBA playoffs with the rest of us, the team not even making it to a play-off after starting the year in pre-season. prefer.
As one can imagine, James is not enjoying the experience. And as part of his current post-season live-tweet session, he posted as much to his 51.1 million Twitter followers:
I can’t/will NOT miss the post-season for my career! This EVIL shit. Ok, let’s get back to looking at those games.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 23, 2022
It’s obviously a completely understandable sentiment on James’s part, and whether that’s his intention or not, the message is also a clear message to Rob Pelinka, Kurt Rambis and the rest of the Lakers brain trust: Fix it, or forget me signing an extension this summer.
The bad news, however, is that James’ recent history of Twitter proclamations is, shall we say… patchy at best. There was last summer, when he asked Lakers critics to “keep talking about my team, the age of our staff, the way they play, he remains injured, we are over our time in this league etc etc etc. Do me a favor PLEASE!!!! And I mean PLEASE!!! Keep that same narrative ENERGY when it starts! request.”
This team ultimately missed the playoffs due to the age of their staff, the way they played, the fact that they stayed injured, and many of them were past their time in this league.
Later in the season, James tweeted “#LakerNation I apologize & promise we’ll get better!” after a 37-point loss to the Nuggets. The team went on to win 12 of their remaining 38 games. Finally, James closed out the campaign by tweeting an April Fool’s Day joke saying “I’m officially out for the season. See you in the fall” before only playing one more game and being officially ruled out for the season.
So… like I said. He has a bit of an uneven record here. But even that has nothing to do with the incredible jinx streak James has been having lately.
Last night he tweeted positively about Patrick Beverley in front of Beverley’s Minnesota Timberwolves lost two leads of more than 20 points in the same game in one of the most epic meltdowns of the playoffs. Shortly before that, he had called Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving “2 of the most talented players of ALL TIME” before going a combined 8-30 from the field as part of their own playoff slump against the Boston Celtics. In the previous game of this same series, James sent of them tweet praising Irving and wondering why he wasn’t a top 75 player before Celtics guard Jayson Tatum hit a layup over him, just after Irving created a jumper himself potential to save the game.
Not even play-in games were immune to LeJinx’s malevolent powers, as – as we covered previously – his praise of Tyronn Lue quickly preceded a complete Clippers collapse against the Pelicans.
So listen… I’m not a superstitious person, but even I find it hard not to believe that James tweeting this may have been the worst thing he could do for his own post-season chances . For the sake of all Lakers fans, I hope this is the tweet that bucks this recent trend. Because otherwise….uh oh.
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