LeBron not worried about rumors: ‘I’m a staple in this game’

LeBron James and the Lakers are on the outside looking in at the playoff race so far.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have been beneficiaries of having four straight games at home, and to their credit, they’ve taken care of business.

James has been a huge reason why, as he scored 20 points in the fourth quarter of a one-man show, allowing LA to stave off embarrassment against the suddenly lowly San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

The Spurs actually led by eight points with just less than 9 minutes remaining.  James finished with 42 points and the Lakers have won four straight (each of the home games).

Afterward, James was asked if he was motivated by some recent chatter about him — or more specifically, the opinion of Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant that high-profile free agents likely won’t sign with LA.

“I can do whatever. I can have a huge workload, I can have a not so huge workload,” James told reporters. “It doesn’t matter for me. What’s most important is seeing my teammates make huge shots in the fourth quarter. … That’s what’s most important to me. I can care less about the narrative about me. It doesn’t matter. I’m a staple in this game.”

James is indeed a legend, but will be 34-years old at the end of the month. It has led to a lot of questions about how long he will want to carry a Lakers team with younger players in key positions — as well as one with some inconsistent older players.

Afterward, James did address Durant’s comments, published in a story by Bleacher Report.

“I would love to see the whole transcript of what was asked of him, the context it was asked of him, why it was asked and the whole thing,” James said. “So I’m not gonna comment on it because I don’t know the whole thing. That would be stupid on my part. I’m a veteran.”

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