Richfield wrote:He builds excuses in as he goes. It helps the narrative that he is great, and anything that goes wrong is on others, the "not enough help" narrative. He's smart enough to talk about it in a smart way, like maybe turning it into another point, but definitely pointing it out.
I think the one I noticed this morning on the radio (maybe already mentioned in this thread) is about the playoffs, and how Kuz and AD have no/limited playoff experience. Something about they're getting ready for the playoffs, and just has to add in those guys lack of playoff experience. Of course it's true, and he can say that, and he can spin it that that's the focus right now, getting them ready (what a great idea). But he is also throwing them under the bus, lowering their worth, and reminding the opposition that his team has these weaknesses. I don't see how it's helpful to say that to the media, other than the continuous branding that he is King, and anything less than a title is on other guys, not enough help/experience, nothing is on him.
Been watching him operate this way almost his whole career. It also helps his MVP case that he's playing with incompetent guys who he has to "teach" how to win. Sick of it tbh, make it hard for me to like the guy. Heck of a basketball talent though.
As a lifelong lakers fan, this is actually what I hated about Lebron .. until he joined the lakers ..
But then I would have to agree that at the end of the day what’s probably more important for him is his own brand reputation not so much the team that he plays/played for.
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