LeBron James said he will continue to play hard despite not making the playoffs with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
"I would never cheat myself. I know we're out the playoff race, but if I'm on the court I'm going to play how I play, and I play to win. So, I will never cheat the game. There's such a thing called 'game gods.' And they're watching no matter what you're doing, and it's our obligation to go out and be a professional, and that's what I'm about," said James.
James had a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in their 111-106 win over the Kings.
"When I'm on the floor I've got to play the game no matter what our circumstances is, no matter how many minutes I'm out on the floor, through the basketball gods, I've always respected the basketball gods," he said. "If I'm on the floor I've got to try to play as hard as I can, or do something to affect the game and not cheat the game. So if I'm on the floor, if I'm in uniform, then I've got to try to make things happen," James added.