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What most have been thinking about LeBron James in recent weeks, Walt Frazier said Sunday afternoon.
During the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ latest debacle — a 124-123 loss to the NBA’s worst team, the New York Knicks — the camera caught James sitting far away from his teammates and completely disengaged from coach Luke Walton’s huddle during a first-quarter timeout.
It was at that point former Knicks great Walt Frazier said it out loud.
“When you’re the face of the NBA, you should be more a part of your team,” Frazier, an analyst for MSG network, said. “No matter what is going on. In the public, you got to be a part of the team. In the locker room, you’re not.
“But you have to exude that type of togetherness in public, folks. And right now we see he doesn’t really care.”
Clyde Frazier just absolutely tipping LeBron James pic.twitter.com/bPxksMADBm
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) March 17, 2019
James played 35 minutes Sunday and had an awful fourth quarter, missing 11 of his 15 shot attempts, including four consecutive attempts in the final 90 seconds — the most missed field goals in any one quarter of his 15-year NBA career — and had a potential game-winning shot blocked by Mario Hezonja. He finished with 33 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Hezonja got the clean block as James was on his way down on the jumper. He then stared down James. James didn’t even try to plead his case. He just darted out of the Garden.
“Great defense by Mario,” James said. “That’s it.”
“I hope (I wore him down). If I didn’t then I didn’t do a good job,” Hezonja said. “I hope I did because I was picking him fullcourt for the entire game. I mean, he has two great point guards that can take a load off him. Anytime he was with the ball, I was trying to get him tired. It was an early game (noon tipoff) and it’s a weird schedule. So, if he wasn’t tired, I know he’s a monster, and I didn’t do a good job.”
James had a game-high 33 points, but hoisted 26 shots to get there as the Lakers (31-39) went scoreless in the final two minutes — spitting the bit on a seven-point lead.
New York (14-56) completed a two-game season sweep of the Lakers, winning at Madison Square Garden for just the third time since Dec. 1.
Knicks rookie Kevin Knox was thrilled with the victory.“It was just a great way to win in the Garden,” he said. “The last 10 seconds, you’ve got one of the best players to ever play the game and we get a defensive stop and the crowd’s standing up yelling.
“It was a good way to get a win.”