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Lakers’ LeBron James calls this season one of the toughest challenges of his career: ‘Leading right at the top’

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LeBron James not downplaying how difficult the current season is for him and Los Angeles Lakers. Entering the new campaign, the Lakers were one of the few teams considered championship contenders, but got off to a slow 11-11 start, placing eighth at the Western Conference. The season immediately got off to a rough start as several key players went down through injury, and James himself missed 11 games, eight of which were due to abdominal injuries.

After defeating Detroit Pistons on Sunday in the rematch of a much talked about game resulted in pausing a game for James, four times NBA The champion explains how this season went one of the most difficult of his career.

“[This season] topping any other challenge I’ve encountered in my career, this really brings out the best in me and I love that,” James said. I love trying to figure out how we can get better, get through the mud, get over the adversity, and just make it sweeter at the end. I feel like we haven’t even built the surface of the team we could be. We will continue to get better and better as we continue to learn more from each other, continuing to work within our system offensively and defensively. “

The season is still young and the Lakers have certainly not played their best basketball by a mile, so it’s not surprising to hear James talk about how difficult this year has been given the number of injuries the Lakers have faced. However, when you consider the number of challenges LeBron has faced throughout his career – coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Golden Empire Warriors in the 2016 Finals and won a championship with the Lakers in the Orlando bubble just to name a couple – it’s a bit jarring to see him set this season up with other lofty duties.

However, given the mediocre start the Lakers have had, if LeBron can lead this team deep into the playoffs – or even better, a championship – it will certainly be considered one of the greatest successes. his biggest achievement after struggling with injury, being hit back in the first round of last season and facing a squad that wasn’t the best fit for him. We’ll have to wait and see if LA can turn this ship around and play like the championship team many have been waiting for. However, the momentum is clearly still there as James notes that he thrives with his back against a wall.

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