老詹黯然退场,留给了我们什么教训?

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勒布朗-詹姆斯在洛杉矶的第一年已经结束了

常规赛还剩6场比赛,湖人选择了让詹姆斯停赛,而不是让他打完这个赛季的比赛。湖人不仅会错过季后赛,而且他们的胜率也会连续第六个赛季低于50%。当詹姆斯去年7月决定离开克利夫兰加盟湖人时, 这一局面应该要有所改观。在詹姆斯为湖人队效力的55场比赛中,场均27.4分,8.5个篮板和8.3次助攻,这些都比他在2012-13赛季(最后一个MVP赛季)的数据要高。然而,2018-19赛季将被定义为彻底的失败,也是詹姆斯最终屈服于重大伤病的一个赛季:腹股沟拉伤,詹姆斯在12月至1月一共缺席17场比赛。虽然湖人队没有人会为这个赛季的结束而难过,但这对他们和他们的球迷来说仍然是有意义的。

以下是我们从勒布朗在NBA的第16个赛季,以及在洛杉矶的第一个赛季中,总结的一些经验教训。

詹姆斯不再是那个钢铁之躯

就在他34岁生日的前五天,詹姆斯遭受了他辉煌职业生涯中最严重的伤病。虽然现在还不可能知道这仅仅是一个侥幸,还是他在职业生涯比赛时间超过4.6万分钟后身体逐渐衰弱的第一个迹象,但我们不能简单地排除后者。詹姆斯在他的整个职业生涯中身体都非常健康,但腹股沟拉伤肯定会改变管理层和教练对他上场时间的看法。沃顿本赛季将詹姆斯的场均上场时间控制在詹姆斯职业生涯最少的35.2分钟,在未来几年,沃顿或任何接替他的人在这方面可能会更加谨慎。

当他健康的时候,他仍然是勒布朗

从数据上看,詹姆斯作为湖人队球员的表现与他过去在克利夫兰和迈阿密的表现相比几乎没有下降。在圣诞大战前的34场比赛中,詹姆斯场均27.3分,8.3个篮板和7.1次助攻,命中率51.8%。之后是场均27.5分,8.7个篮板,10次助攻和49.7%。他在场上还是个机器!

然而,比赛细节可以看出詹姆斯的状态已经下滑了,比如在麦迪逊广场花园输给尼克斯的比赛中。詹姆斯突破上篮,却被新秀帽个正着。另外,詹姆斯在防守端还是有很大缺陷,湖人需要做很多去弥补这点。

勒布朗效应是非常真实的

凯文-杜兰特在去年12月说:“我明白为什么每个人都不想呆在那样(詹姆斯身边)的环境里,因为那是有毒的,尤其是当你的注意力完全是扯淡的时候。”阿杜的言论在当时引起了不可思议的轰动,但是现在谁还会和他争论呢?

詹姆斯的到来,不仅对主教练造成很大的压力,还促使湖人通过交易一半的球员去得到安东尼-戴维斯。虽然浓眉到来将会是湖人晋级总决赛的希望,但这也影响了湖人赛季中期的战绩。24小时不间断的勒布朗新闻让球队付出了代价,无论是受伤的詹姆斯拿着一杯酒走进斯台普斯中心,还是他和自由球员卡梅隆-安东尼一起去纽约牛排馆。

在印第安纳州,詹姆斯没有队友们坐在一起,他和队友们隔了好几个座位,这成为了头条新闻。这也许是不可避免的,当詹姆斯和三名20岁出头的球员一起首发时,他们在各个时刻都被认为是球队的未来之星。勒布朗和年轻球员之间的交流在整个赛季呈现出一种看着不舒服的状态,尽管他尽了最大的努力试图通过音乐和社交媒体与他们建立联系。

他需要射手

魔术师和佩林卡在交易截止日前,通过交易得到了穆斯卡拉和布洛克,然而效果却不理想。根据NBA官方统计的数据,湖人队是全联盟投篮最差的球队,三分球命中率只有34.7%,在30支球队中排名第29位。在投篮上的缺陷,造成了湖人的球员们在比赛中很难拉开空间。詹姆斯以往的球队都会为他配置射手,热火时期的雷-阿伦和骑士时期的科沃尔,都是历史级别的射手。交易来的布洛克在湖人的比赛中,三分球命中率31.4%。穆斯卡拉更差,20.8%。
英格拉姆和鲍尔,他们一开始就不是可靠的射手。这种配置直接造成的结果就是,湖人的进攻效率联盟倒数第十。

我们还不知道他是否会帮助湖人重夺他们的总冠军

这是最严肃的问题,詹姆斯在他受伤之前还保持着极高的水平,目前还不清楚这对湖人重返季后赛并赢得总冠军的最终目标意味着什么。下个赛季,勒布朗将会再老一岁,可能会有更大的受伤风险,而湖人的管理层有责任围绕着詹姆斯,让他身边的球员帮助他赢得比赛。他仍然是NBA最优秀的球员之一,仍然有能力取得令人难以置信的成就,但随着他职业生涯的发展,勒布朗将需要比以前更多的帮助。詹姆斯在湖人的第一个赛季,了解了如何与自己的队友相处,湖人也利用了这个赛季向前迈进了一步。休赛季,湖人还要经历追求巨星和换主帅等问题。总之,湖人下个赛季很可能会重新回到起点,那时詹姆斯将会在第17场首发。

LeBron James’ first Lakers season is over — here’s what it taught us

By Bill Oram

The first year of the LeBron James experience is over in Los Angeles. With six games remaining in the regular season, the Lakers opted to shut down James rather than have him play out the string of a season that has fallen unimaginably short of expectations.

Not only will the Lakers miss the playoffs, but they also will finish well below .500 for a sixth straight season, a streak that was supposed to be emphatically reversed when James decided to leave Cleveland and sign with the Lakers last July.

In the 55 games he played for the Lakers in Year One of a contract that will pay him $153 million over four years, James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists — all better than the numbers he put up in 2012-13, his last MVP season. However, the 2018-19 season will be remembered as an overwhelming failure and as the one in which James finally succumbed to a major injury: the groin strain that kept him out for 17 consecutive games in December and January.

While no one on the Lakers will be sad to see this season end, it can still be instructive for them and their fanbase. Here are some things we learned from LeBron’s 16th NBA season and first in Los Angeles.

He can no longer be viewed as immune to injuries.

It was five days before his 34th birthday that James suffered the most serious injury of his illustrious career. And while it is impossible at this point to know whether that was simply a fluke or the first sign of his body wearing down after more than 46,000 career minutes, one cannot simply rule out the latter.

James has enjoyed remarkable health throughout his career. But the groin strain will almost certainly change the way the Lakers and James’ future coaches view his time on the court. Luke Walton held James to a career-low 35.2 minutes per game this season, and in future years, Walton or whoever replaces him will likely be even more cautious on that front.

When he’s healthy, he’s still LeBron.

Statistically, there was virtually no decline in James’ performance as a Laker from his past seasons in Cleveland and Miami. In the 34 games before he went down on Christmas at Golden State, James averaged 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists while shooting 51.8 percent from the field. After: 27.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 10 assists and 49.7 percent. The guy is a machine. The decline could be seen more in moments, like when he was blocked by Mario Hezonjain the waning moments of a loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The question becomes how the Lakers fill in the gaps around James’ statistical greatness. Defensively, the Lakers struggled to compensate for James’ regular-season deficiencies, and they did not remain competitive long enough to reap the rewards for all the energy he was theoretically conserving by taking defensive possessions off. James has long found an extra level in the postseason and perhaps would have again this season, but the Lakers simply couldn’t get there.

The LeBron effect is very real.

Kevin Durant said it in December: “I get why anyone wouldn’t want to be in that environment because it’s toxic. Especially when the attention is bullshit attention, fluff.” The Warriors superstar’s comments to Ric Bucher caused an incredible stir, but who would argue with them now?
The pressure that accompanied James’ arrival not only changed the Lakers’ outlook on their head coach, but it also forced them to consider trading half their roster for Anthony Davis — a situation that shook the locker room amid the midseason swoon that eventually spelled the end of the Lakers’ playoff hopes.

The 24-hour LeBron news cycle took its toll on the organization, whether it was an injured James sashaying into Staples Center with a glass of wine or him ducking into a New York steakhouse with free agent Carmelo Anthony. James sitting apart from his teammates in a 42-point blowout in Indiana became headline news. With LeBron, everything did.

That may have been inevitable when James was starting alongside three players in their early 20s who have at various points been seen as the future stars of the franchise. The push-pull between LeBron and the young guys created an uncomfortable dynamic throughout the season, despite his best efforts to try to relate to them with music and through social media.

He needs shooters around him.

The Lakers seem to have figured this one out, no matter how clumsy their approach may have been. Look no further than the desperate trade-deadline deal that sent Ivica Zubac to the Clippers for Mike Muscala, a stretch forward who has played all of 102 minutes in 11 games. Such a severe course correction was a response to the Lakers’ shooting woes.

For most of the season, they ranked last in 3-point shooting (as of Saturday, they’re 29th at 33.2 percent, ahead of only Phoenix) thanks to the front office’s determination to surround James with ball handlers, not shooters, to lessen the load. It did not help that the returning Lakers, notably Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, were not reliable marksmen to begin with.

We are no closer to knowing whether he will help the Lakers restore their championship legacy.

That is perhaps the most damning part of this season.

James continued to produce at an extremely high level — he was a popular MVP pick before his injury — but for what? It’s not clear that it meant anything to the Lakers’ ultimate goal of getting back to the playoffs and winning a championship. Next season, LeBron will be another year older, presumably at a greater risk of injury, while the onus falls on the Lakers’ front office to surround James with players who will help him win.

He remains one of the most elite players in the NBA, still capable of incredible feats, but as his career progresses, LeBron will need more help than before and certainly more than what the Lakers gave him. The two players with the best net ratings alongside James were Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams — players on two-way contracts.

Ideally, the Lakers would have used the first year of James’ L.A. chapter to take a step forward, learning some things about how he fit with the players they put around him while making a return to the playoffs. The injuries were too widespread, the sample sizes too small and the chaos too persistent. What little the Lakers accomplished this season will likely make them more appealing in free agency, but an expected coaching change will only further kill what little continuity the organization has.

In short, the Lakers will likely be starting at square one again next season, when James will be starting at square 17.

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