This season did not go as planned for the Lakers. After a host of injuries and inconsistent play, the storied franchise is once again out of the playoffs even after signing LeBron James last summer. While critics question what Los Angeles needs to not miss the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season, James let it be known that he relishes these times of uncertainty.
During an interview with The Athletic's Joe Vardon, LeBron acknowledged the doubt brought by this season. Yet he explained to Vardon that the media's speculations only secure his confidence in himself.
"I like being uncomfortable in the offseason," James said. "I like being counted out. It motivates me."
Although James stated that a season's outcome doesn't impact his grind, the three-time NBA champion did tell Vardon that he'll have to switch up the offseason schedule he's had for nearly a decade now that he won't be in a deep playoff run.