Sports: Can LeBron the Lakers not save?

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LeBron James is indeed back from injury break what was going on at the L.A. Lakers in his absence, the NBA superstar but can only worry.

Kann auch LeBron die Lakers nicht retten? © Contributed by sport1.de Can LeBron not save the Lakers?

coach Frank Vogel did not try, beating about the bush.

"This is hard. I understand the disappointment of the "fans, the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers said this week of the impending end of an era.

Just a few weeks is playing the famous team of Hollywood at the Staples Center. So is the 20,000-seat arena since its completion in 1999. (DATA: Results and Schedule for the NBA)

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But at Christmas it is so over. The hall in downtown Los Angeles is then renamed Crypto.com Arena. An Asian platform for crypto currency has secured the naming rights to the arena for the next 20 years 700 million after media reports.

"But," said Vogel, "that's just the way things go." Then he could not influence their teams.

However, this problem is just a smaller one when the Lakers these days.

Lakers falter without LeBron

The bigger problem is purely sporting. The team led by superstar LeBron James, who had taken care of before the season starts with the obligations of veterans Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony a stir simply is out of the ride. (DATA: All tables in the NBA)

The 108: 130 at archrival Boston Celtics - the hunted by King James' court German ex-colleagues Dennis Schroeder - was the third defeat in a row. The current balance: 8: 9th Not exactly what you would expect from a superstar ensemble.

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seemed a few weeks ago the traditional franchise on track to be. However, two of them against the Houston Rockets, the worst team in the league - three games in a row won by the Lakers in late October and early November.

on the small run followed eight games break for LeBron James because of a stomach muscle injury. Against Boston, he made a comeback, even without redeeming effect.

The games in his absence had previously clearly demonstrated how dependent the team of the aging regent. They went partially lost in such a miserable way that co-star Anthony Davis felt compelled to a sensational Wutrede end of last week.

Davis: We are not a champion team

"We now need some time to decide what we want to be times. A champion team? We are currently certainly not "resented the Big Man to the embarrassing 83: 107 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and warned." If we continue playing like this, we will not win a title "

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These words of warning are impressively confirmed by numbers , Up to and including the game against the Timberwolves, the Lakers in the third quarter a balance of -83 points had. This was according to the statisticians of ESPN Stats & Information at this time of the season the worst quarter balance of all 30 teams in the NBA.

against Boston now went the third quarter with 21:33 lost. Results in a devastating total balance of currently -92 points. (NEWS: All the latest information on the NBA)

Westbrook is the personalized inconstancy

"The lack of consistency is a problem," named newcomer Westbrook another vulnerability - which he himself embodies the best. The

after the bankruptcy in Boston even by a local TV mocked graphic 44-million man conjures up even in the Lakers jersey still one or two triple double on the dance floor. For this, but the number of its turnovers is partially hair-raising. Seven or even eight turnovers are not uncommon with him.

What does not make the situation easier: The harmony in the team has obviously suffered numerous setbacks.

Fox, Hield lead Kings over Lakers 141-137 in triple OT

  Fox, Hield lead Kings over Lakers 141-137 in triple OT LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alvin Gentry said when he became Sacramento's interim coach that it was going to take everyone if the Kings were going to stop their season from spiraling out of control. On Friday night, they got plenty of contributions up and down the roster. Seven players scored in double figures as Sacramento outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 141-137 in triple overtime. “There are guys this season that haven't played many minutes, but they are starting to give us a boost when called upon,” Gentry said. “For us it takes a village and that's what we are trying to do. We continued to compete, plow our way back a little at a time and eventually took the lead.

"What we must not do is to point the finger at others," Davis urged make losing to Minnesota. "We must stay together and not beat ourselves" Whether these words have arrived at all teammates, after the doubtful recent defeats.

All hopes of the Lakers rest now that James receives' comeback ride and he brings his team back on track. But even if this hope fulfilled: The degree of dependence on the 36-year old who was revealed without him, not a good omen may be hotter for seasonal phases.

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