Is LeBron James wasting his final years as a professional basketball player? It appears so. The legendary player is still thriving, even in his twilight years. But being part of the Lakers doesn’t fit his style, nor his abilities. He’s throwing passes to guys who don’t know how to shoot, even forcing shots he needn’t make. There’s definitely some frustration, and many wonder why.
The Lakers Dive Headlong Into Another Catastrophe
Fans know how badly the Lakers are performing in yet another season. But for those unaware, they’re now 12th in the West, already three games under .500. With a third of the season already gone, the team is going straight into another catastrophe. They seem incapable of supporting their aging legend. Their second-biggest star, Anthony Davis, is out again with a foot injury that’s likely to cost him almost three weeks on the bench.
As Richard Jefferson put it, the Lakers’ last season was a wasted one. But this season seems to be pretty much the same. The team will probably miss the playoffs next spring. Does it ring a bell? Yes, they did it last year as well, in spite of LeBron James’ efforts and overall performance. There’s no denying it – James is bound to a ramshackle roster.
LeBron James Strives for Success
Limited by injuries, LeBron James doesn’t seem to be so efficient this season. Nevertheless, he’s still stuffing the box score. His average is 27.0 points in 22 games, with 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists. Only one other fellow teammate, Luka Dončić, manages to reach a similar score. But one should keep in mind he’s 14 years younger than James.
If James keeps his average score until he turns 38 (which he does on December 30), he’ll become the oldest player to maintain such high marks, breaking his old records. LeBron James is a true legend indeed, but there’s no telling how much longer he can keep that score. Plus, with the Lakers’ overall performance, it becomes painfully obvious that, by every imaginable definition, they’re wasting James’s talent.
The question everyone is asking now is, can James sustain his dominance at the age of 38? More importantly, will the Lakers parlay his efforts into a playoff run that doesn’t come with a major trade? Well, the harsh truth is that the answers to these questions remain to be seen. Nevertheless, if the Lakers squander yet another of LeBron James’s seasons, it’s hard to imagine he’ll remain part of the team.
New York Mets Player Suffers Injuries After a Hit by a 94 Mph Fastball
In the seventh inning of the game on May 17th, New York Mets outfielder Pillar was hit by a pitch from Atlanta Braves pitcher Jacob Webb. Pillar is seen in the terrifying footage collapsing in pain, blood gushing from his nose. He was able to leave the field on foot. According to the Mets, the player consulted with a facial expert in Atlanta, where the team was playing, to “determine next steps.”
Fastball Going 94 mph in the Nose
Kevin Pillar says that he feels good, even though his right eye is suffering from a little bit of swelling and he’s unable to breathe out of his nose. Feeling lucky, he was also excited to start the recovery process so he could get back to doing what he likes doing. In a tweet from Marcus Stroman, one of his teammates said that Pillar walked into the clubhouse saying, “Am I in the lineup today or what?”
How New York Mets Players Reacted
According to Webb, Pillar shared that accidents happened, and the two of them had communicated since the hit. Pillar says that he is more worried about Webb than he is for himself because he saw his reaction and knew how tough that could be on someone who felt extremely responsible for injuring another person.
Slower Recovery is an Effective Recovery
After the hit, Kevin Pillar was taken to the hospital for a CT scan, according to the New York Mets official Twitter page. The team won the game, 3-1, and also recently defeated the Braves by 4-3 at Truist Park. Pillar already started participating in “light activities” after the 32-year-old underwent surgery to address multiple facial fractures in his nose. He resumed workouts three days later. Pillar wants to ramp things up slowly, so he shouldn’t be expected to return from the list of injured players of the New York Mets anytime soon.