March 2019 Basketball Wiretap

LeBron James On Missing Playoffs: 'It's Not What We Signed Up For'

Mar 23, 2019 11:27 AM

LeBron James will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005 following the Los Angeles Lakers' 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

"Obviously, it's been a tough season for all of us...It's not what we signed up for. Throughout the year, things happened. Suspensions, injuries, things of that nature. And just not being able to play sustainable basketball for 48 minutes. But you don't even try to wrap your head around it, you just keep pushing. Just try to get better tonight, move on to tomorrow, and go from there. Playoffs are never promised. You've got to come out and work. For me personally, you just continue to put the work in and see what you can do to help," said James following the game.

James added that he was going to talk to the coaching staff about potentially reducing his minutes even more as the season winds down. 

"I'm probably going to have a conversation with the coaching staff and my trainer and go from there. But I love to hoop. S---, I'm going to have five months and not play the game."

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Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Sixers Owner: Success Is About Winning In The Playoffs

Mar 2, 2019 1:25 PM

Speaking on a panel at the MIT/Sloan Analytics Conference, Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris discussed the rising expectations for his team in the playoffs following trades for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.

"It would be problematic. Very problematic. It would not be what we're playing for. We'd be unhappy. I'd be unhappy. The city would be unhappy. We're going to work hard to make sure that doesn't happen. We have enough talent on our roster that if we play the way we're capable of playing, we can beat any team in the East," said Harris when asked about the prospects of an early playoff exit.

Harris added that he wants to keep both Butler and Harris on the team for the long-term.

"We gave up a lot to get Tobias and Jimmy on our team. We think they're exceptional talents. We're going to try to keep them. We know we are going to have to pay these guys in an appropriate way. We get it. It's expensive."

Harris then stated that the Sixers will be judged by how far they go in the playoffs. 

"Success for us is going to be about winning playoff series. Obviously, we'd like to have a good regular season, too, but we've added and subtracted to win in the playoffs. We won one playoff series last season. We've created more talent on the roster. We're holding ourselves accountable," added Harris.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Playoffs