LeBron James’ first season with the Los Angeles Lakers did not go according to plan.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, James’ teammates even went as far as to call a team meeting to effectively call out the superstar for his body language during games.
The meeting came after a brutal stretch in February that began with an embarrassing 136-94 loss to the Indiana Pacers. During the game, James was pictured sitting at the end of the Lakers bench, far from his teammates. And with the trade deadline just days away, Lakers guard Brandon Ingram was met with chants of “LeBron’s gonna trade you” while shooting free throws at the start of the game.
From there, things went from bad to worse. After a bounce-back win in Boston that made it appear as though the season might turn around, the Lakers dropped three of their next four games, capped by a 128-115 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, with whom the potential Anthony Davis deal had fallen through.
After the game, James openly questioned whether his teammates had the experience and poise to get to the postseason. According to McMenamin, this prompted a players-only meeting, organized by Rajon Rondo, at which players held