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LeBron James Calls Out Naysayers Who Questioned His Move to Lakers: ‘But I Just Came Here to Make Movies Though!’

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After defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 107-95, LeBron James took to Instagram to call out his naysayers. Particularly, those questioning his decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.

After dropping 35 points, nine assists, and five rebounds in a win versus the Blazers, James posted on his Instagram Story about how many thought he came to Los Angeles to make movies. Additionally, at the top of the post, he spammed a slew of shushing emojis.

“But I came here [Los Angeles] to make movies though! Ain’t that what y’all said right!?!?”

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James’ 35 points on Friday is also his 108th 30-point game in a Lakers uniform.

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Despite being the oldest player in the NBA at 38 years old, James is still producing at an all-world level. Through 12 games, he’s averaging 25.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. Moreover, James is shooting the ball at an elite clip, knocking down 39.7 percent of his threes and hitting 57.2 percent of shots overall.

The Lakers, however, might have qualms with James’ surreal play thus far this season. This is because head coach Darvin Ham announced after their first game that James will only play about 28-30 minutes per contest.

Despite these comments, the four-time champion is averaging 33.9 minutes a game. Moreover, James is leading the team in usage (30.5). This is despite James proclaiming that Anthony Davis is the face of the Lakers.

The combination of James’ high workload and minutes will ignite trepidation within the Lakers’ organization. This is perhaps why the team is reportedly searching for a third star to play alongside James and Davis; the Chicago Bulls have players that pique the Lakers’ interest.

Los Angeles is currently seventh in the Western Conference with a record of 7-6.