LeBron James’ defensive lowlights a sight to behold (video)

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LeBron James can express frustration with the Lakers’ sense of urgency, question whether basketball is the most important thing in their lives, tell any teammates feeling distracted just to quit.

But he can’t do all that and defend like he did in the Lakers’ loss to the Grizzlies last night.

Not while maintaining credibility, at least.

LeBron’s lazy defense worked better in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers were assured of making the playoffs in a weaker Eastern Conference. Into his mid-30s, LeBron could coast during the regular season and preserve energy for a deep playoff run. But the Lakers are far from assured of making the playoffs. They need LeBron actually “activated” now, not just talking about it.