Major professional sports in the United States are facing a scary time. The National Hockey League is currently on a league-wide pause through Christmas that may extend to the New Year’s Day Winter Classic game. The NFL has had several games rescheduled as teams struggle to find enough healthy players to take the field. The NBA has also had its share of difficulties containing the virus.
College football bowl season has also seen disruptions. Two bowl games have seen teams opt out due to the amount of players testing positive for COVID. No team or league is safe from the current spread and uncertainty caused by the Omicron variant.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers know the pain all too well. It seemed the team was finally healthy and starting to turn a corner. King James recently shared his frustration and understanding of the situation with Lakers Nation.
“We don’t need a full roster, we just need a lot of our guys back. All of our defensive guys are in health and safety protocols – Avery, Baze, TA and Austin. That’s all our defensive guys. We’ve got a couple more but those are our guys.
It’s different because even in the past, it’s not like we had multiple guys that were out. We were just trying to figure out what’s the best way for us to win, how do we win and what’s the best lineups to be on the floor. Let’s log these minutes and we can get better and better and better. We literally haven’t had an opportunity to log in anything.”
The Lakers have dealt with injuries and inconsistency all season. They currently sport an unimpressive 16-17 record. As the virus rages through the locker room, the team continues to struggle. LeBron James believes that just a few players getting back into the lineup can turn the team’s fortunes around before it’s too late.
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