Lost in the fallout from the Los Angeles Lakers' 0-2 road trip through New Orleans and Memphis was the declaration of accountability LeBron James put on himself.
"Starts with me," he said after the loss to the Grizzlies on Monday, as the Lakers fell three games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "I just got to stay positive."
There was a noticeable shift in the four-time MVP's demeanor in Memphis — the loss in the previous game to the Pelicans was so dispiriting that teammate Kyle Kuzma openly questioned the consistency of the team's body language, a not-so-veiled reference to James.
The positivity carried back to L.A. on Wednesday, when eight times during his seven-minute media session James repeated his confidence about the Lakers' current position.
"We like where we are," he said in his opening answer.
"I like where we are today," he continued minutes later.
It was a far cry from the dour outlook he projected after the loss to the Pelicans, when he called out his teammates' lack of experience in making a playoff run and all the commitment that goes into it.