The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Chicago Bulls 115-110 on Sunday.
In an otherwise forgettable outing, LeBron James did all he could do to guide his team to victory. He finished with 31 points, 14 rebounds and six assists on the day – but his contributions didn’t stop there.
James also worked his Jedi mind tricks on the officiating team refereeing the game.
On one particular sequence in the second quarter, James somehow managed to convince the refs that a ball he clearly threw off Russell Westbrook’s leg somehow was actually off Bulls guard Lonzo Ball.
It was incredible:
Big picture, though – that play did little to change LA’s fortunes. Aside from being 16-15 on the year, the team has also lost six players (Kent Bazemore, Avery Bradley, Talen Horton-Tucker. Dwight Howard, Malik Monk and Austin Reaves) and their head coach (Frank Vogel) to COVID health and safety protocols. In addition, Anthony Davis is out a month with a knee injury.
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The Lakers are reportedly having legitimate talks involving a Russell Westbrook trade right now. Those conversations have taken place with two teams thus far. In addition, Myles Turner continues to be a tantalizing option for the front office.
Unless something materializes on one of those fronts, though – LA is heading for a deeply disappointing season.