LeBron: Lakers’ early struggles almost ‘cracked’ him

Lakers star LeBron James isn't free of guilt when it comes to the team's uneven season.

LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates have won three consecutive games, two of which went to the waning seconds.

James, 34, was asked by Chris Haynes of Yahoo if he has been altering his leadership approach with his new squad and admitted the Lakers’ difficulties coming out of the starting blocks almost “cracked” him.

“I haven’t changed anything outwardly, but you know me. You know how I am. I almost cracked [last week]. I had to sit back and remind myself, ‘[Expletive], you knew what you were getting yourself into,’” James told Haynes through a laugh after a win in Sacramento on Saturday night. “This process has been good for me.

“I just have to continue being patient.”

Before going on the current three-game winning streak, Los Angeles had dropped four games in a five-game stretch.

After a four-point loss at Minnesota in that stretch, James told reporters, “You probably don’t want to be around when my patience runs out.

“I’m serious.”

Since a heated meeting between Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and coach Luke Walton on Oct. 30, Los Angeles has won five out of six games.

Despite the fact the Lakers have also added veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and now Tyson Chandler, James said the Lakers are a “young team.”

“I had to regroup and remember this is a young team,” James told Haynes. “We’re playing some good ball right now and we’re starting to build some good habits. That’s all that matters right now.”