Lawrence: It Would Be A "Disgrace" If LeBron Shuts It Down

This season has been "a total disaster" for the Lakers, and Mitch Lawrence is sick of LeBron James' "act"

March 06, 2019 - 7:43 am

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With more than 20 percent of the regular season remaining, there is speculation that the Lakers (30-34) may shut down LeBron James.

Mitch Lawrence is not a fan of that idea.

“That’s absurd,” the Forbes and Sirius NBA Radio analyst said on Ferrall on the Bench. “That is a disgrace if he shuts this thing down here with 15 games to go. What is he going to come up with, a phantom groin injury?”

The Lakers have lost 13 of their last 18 games, including three straight, and trail the Spurs (36-29) by 5.5 games for the final playoff spot in the West.

In recent weeks, James’ play – and leadership – has been inconsistent.

“I’m telling you what, his act over the last few weeks has been awful,” Lawrence said. “His body language, his lack of defense again – whether it’s getting out on shooters, staying with his man, running back, whatever. But now the whole thing about him shutting it down with 18 games to go is totally absurd – but I won’t be surprised if he did it because I don’t think he wants any part of this Lakers’ season.”

Indeed, from James’ injury to the Lakers’ inability to acquire Anthony Davis, the 2018-19 campaign has been a complete flop.

“This season has been a total disaster,” Lawrence said. “They’re not going to make the playoffs, and that’s going to make it even worse for LeBron because he’s going to be 35 next year, he’s no longer indestructible, and we still don’t know who they’re going to get to help him. He doesn’t have a second star, and it’s going to be trouble maybe getting that second star to go to Los Angeles to play with him.”

Either way, Lawrence does not believe James will ever win another NBA title.

“No, I don’t know if he’ll get back to a Finals,” Lawrence said. “Let’s say Kevin Durant leaves Golden State; they’re still going to have Curry, they’re still going to have Klay Thompson, they’ll have Draymond Green – who knows who they’ll add? But there are going to be teams that are better than the Lakers. Oklahoma City, Houston – he may never get back to a Finals.”