Deveney: LeBron, Lakers A "Self-Inflicted Disaster"

The LeBron era in L.A. is not off to a good start

Tiki and Tierney
February 25, 2019 - 6:48 pm

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We’re roughly 60 games into the LeBron James era in Los Angeles, and the Lakers (29-30) are a mess. In fact, they’ve been a disaster. 

“Not just disaster, but I’d put it at self-inflicted,” Sporting News NBA writer Sean Deveney said on Tiki & Tierney. “A lot of these wounds have been inflicted by themselves. Obviously you had the injury to LeBron, and I think that really did set some things off in terms of how they had them playing when LeBron was healthy. They had gotten into a pretty good groove.”

Indeed, after a 2-5 start, the Lakers won 15 of their next 20 games. They have since gone 12-20.

“(LeBron) hurts the groin, and they’re not well-equipped to play without him,” Deveney said. “No team that LeBron has been on has ever been equipped to play without him because everything does revolve around him so much.”

Then came the questions. Does LeBron like Luke Walton? Is he trying to undermine him? Will the Lakers acquire Anthony Davis?

“They offer half the team for Anthony Davis, it’s all done very publicly, it all gets right out into the media, and you have a lot of young guys who are really confused and not sure quite how to approach the rest of the season,” Deveney said. “So a lot of this has been a self-inflicted disaster, but I do think disaster is a good word for it.”

In other news, Deveney was asked where Kevin Durant will play next season.

“I don’t see why he leaves the Warriors,” Deveney said. “Maybe there’s personality things going on there, but man, if I’m moving into a new building in San Francisco that the owners just built, and my choices are going to play for the Clippers or the Knicks, I’m saying in Golden State.”

Click below to listen to Deveney’s interview in its entirety.