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LeBron James ‘disappointed’ Lakers didn’t get Kyrie Irving

LeBron James ‘disappointed’ Lakers didn’t get Kyrie Irving

DISAPPOINTED. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) sits on the bench on a time out against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at Smoothie King Center.

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LeBron James makes his feelings known after the Los Angeles Lakers lose to the Dallas Mavericks in the Kyrie Irving trade deadline sweepstakes

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said Monday (Tuesday, February 7, Manila time) that his focus has shifted since he initially felt “disappointed” that his team did not acquire former teammate Kyrie Irving in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets over the weekend.

Irving, a veteran guard who had a rocky tenure with the Nets, wound up going to the Dallas Mavericks. The Nets received guard Spencer Dinwiddie, forward Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 unprotected first-round draft pick, a second-round choices in 2027 and 2029.

The Mavericks also received forward Markieff Morris in the trade.

During an interview with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, James said, “I can’t sit here and say I’m not disappointed on not being able to land such a talent, but (also) someone that I had great chemistry with, and know I got great chemistry with on the floor, that can help you win championships, in my mind, in my eyes.”

“But my focus is shifted now. My focus is shifted back to where it should be, and that’s this club now and what we have in the locker room.”

James, 38, is a four-time NBA champion. One of those titles came with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 with Irving as a teammate.

This season, the Lakers (25-29) are struggling in their bid for a playoff spot. They entered the week 13th of 15 teams the Western Conference standings.

Irving, 30, is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 40 games this season. Dallas (28-26) held the No. 6 spot in the conference playoff race entering its game at the Utah Jazz. –

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