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02nd Jun 2021

LeBron James ripped to shreds for leaving blowout Lakers loss with five minutes remaining

Charlie Herbert

The reigning NBA champions were battered by the Suns.

LeBron James has faced the wrath of fans after walking out with more than five minutes to go of his Lakers side’s game with the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers were demolished 115-85 by the Suns in game 5 of their best-of-seven series in the NBA play-offs, and now trail 3-2 in the series and are on the verge of crashing out.

Having been 66-36 down at the half-time, things never got better for the Lakers, and with 5:42 left in the game and little chance of him being called back onto the court, James had clearly seen enough and walked off down the tunnel towards the locker room.

Safe to say that this didn’t go down very well with fans and James, who has previously walked out of games early, was blasted online for his behaviour.

One user labelled last season’s Finals MVP as “the Drama King” whilst another said that he is “hands down the worst role model in today’s sports for kids.”

James is considered by many to be the only person who can rival Michael Jordan as the GOAT of basketball, but many saw this sort of behaviour as the reason that he can never be the rival to Jordan’s GOAT crown.

The Lakers stormed to their seventh NBA title last year, with LeBron picking up a fourth NBA Finals MVP after they beat Miami Heat 4-2 in the championship series.

But they are now on the precipice of going out in the first round of the play-offs this season. They must now win both of the final two games in the series against the Suns if they want to maintain their title defence.

After their crushing by the Suns, James said: “A lot to cover and see what we can do better in game six, but they pretty much just kicked our ass, there’s nothing else really to say.

“It’s literally win or go home at this point. You shoot all the bullets you got and throw the gun too.

“I’m looking forward to the environment. Obviously the Laker faithful will give us a lot of energy. I look forward to the moment and the challenge, and see what brings out the best of me.”

Based on showings like this, the prospect of simply taking the series to a final game seems a long way off, let alone winning the series and progressing to the next round.