LeBron James Says Tweet Apologizing to Lakers Fans Was for His Own Accountability

Adam WellsJanuary 18, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) dribbles against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. The Lakers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

One day after sending out a tweet apologizing to fans for the team's performance, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James explained what he meant. 

Speaking to reporters after Monday's 101-95 win over the Utah Jazz, James said he sent the tweet for his own accountability with how the Lakers have been playing. 

"Talk can be cheap at times, because you gotta go out and have action," he said. "We did that tonight."

James added the Lakers "all understood that our energy and effort wasn't where it needed to be."

This is what James sent out following the 133-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 15:

LeBron James @KingJames

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LakerNation?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LakerNation</a> I apologize and I promise weโ€™ll be better! ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›

The loss to Denver dropped the Lakers' record to 21-22, marking the first time James has been under .500 this late into a season since his rookie campaign in 2003-04. 

Lakers legend Magic Johnson was critical of the team after that game:

Earvin Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson

After being blown out by the Nuggets 133-96, we as <a href="https://twitter.com/Lakers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Lakers</a> fans can accept being outplayed but we deserve more than a lack of effort and no sense of urgency. Owner <a href="https://twitter.com/JeanieBuss?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JeanieBuss</a>, you deserve better.

As their record indicates, things have not gone well for the Lakers this season. Some of their struggles are down to injuries. James missed eight straight games in November with an abdominal strain.

Anthony Davis hasn't played since Dec. 17 because of a sprained MCL. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported there is "optimism" within the organization that Davis could return during the Lakers' six-game road trip from Jan. 21-30. 

Kendrick Nunn, who has yet to appear in a game this season, suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury and has no timetable to return.

Russell Westbrook hasn't been injured, but he isn't having the impact Los Angeles expected when it acquired him from the Washington Wizards during the offseason. The former NBA MVP is averaging 18.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game, but he's only shooting 43.6 percent from the field on 16.1 attempts per contest. 

James has been doing his part to keep the Lakers afloat in the Western Conference. He is averaging 32.9 points on 53.6 percent shooting, 9.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in 14 starts since Dec. 19. 

The Lakers are seventh in the Western Conference standings with a 22-22 record. They are only one game behind the Nuggets for the sixth spot in the race to avoid the play-in tournament.