Do you blame him for trying? James’s move to Los Angeles was an attempt at the great American art of reinvention — a bet on one last adventure, all the better if it included movies, mansions and sunglasses. But the caper unlocked a strange, negative energy, a giddy viciousness that has swept across the sports landscape and, at times, felt almost feral.
At the end of an otherwise meaningless contest, the Lakers were losing to the Knicks by one point with 20 seconds left, and the packed arena was raucous, the crowd on its feet. James started with the ball on the opposi