LeBron James does not seem upset with the Lakers.
ESPN reported earlier this week the 34-year-old star’s trust in the “organization has been damaged — maybe irrevocably.” James, however, denied the report on his Instagram story Wednesday.
James was working out and watching ESPN’s “First Take” in the video.
“That. Is. Not. True,” James said. “It’s not true at all. I’m actually at the Lakers facility right now.”
LeBron called BS on ESPN 🤣
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Magic Johnson shockingly stepped down from his position as the Lakers president of basketball operations before the team’s final game of the season at an impromptu press conference. James was reportedly “stunned” by Johnson’s decision.
“I had more fun on the other side than on this side,” Johnson said at the press conference. “Because now, tomorrow, I would have to affect somebody’s life. And I’ve thought about that. That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am. … I want to go back to having fun. I want to go back to who I was before taking on this job.”
The Lakers later parted ways with coach Luke Walton, who was hired by the Kings one day later.
The Lakers entered the season with high expectations after James left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the team last summer. Los Angeles opened with a 20-14 record before James suffered a strained groin Dec. 25. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered.
James, who had reached eight straight NBA finals, was eventually shut down in late March. He told The Athletic he was planning to take advantage of the extra time he had to train.
“I like being uncomfortable in the offseason,” James said at the time. “I like being counted out. It motivates me.
“I’ve had basically the same offseason training regimen the last eight years. I knew how long I wanted to rest for the season on a short timeline. I’m figuring out now how to get as much as I can out of two months of extra time for training. It requires a totally different strategy. We’re looking at it in an entirely new way.”
James finished his first season in Los Angeles averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 appearances.
The Lakers have reportedly interviewed Tyronn Lue, Jason Kidd and Monty Williams, among others, to replace Walton.