LeBron's Lakers officially out

His Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Brooklyn Nets 111-106 on Friday and were officially eliminated from the postseason.

On an appearance on ESPN's "Get Up" with Mike Greenberg, Bryant offered his advice for James as he completes his 16th National Basketball Association season, which will conclude with him not playing in the postseason for the first time after 13 consecutive appearances. Just keep pushing see how you can get better.

"Obviously, I would love for the team to be in the post-season", James said as soon as it became clear he and the team would miss out on the playoff party.

He missed 17 games with a groin injury earlier this season and is all but assured of playing the fewest games of his 16-year career.

"You don't even try to wrap your head around it". The playoffs is never a promise.

"You came to L.A. for a 'ship".

What follows is a breakdown of how things fell apart - in six stages. The Lakers were eliminated last night.

"They're awesome. The Laker fans, I've always said it, they're incredible", Walton added.

The four-time MVP also had his eight-year run to the NBA Finals snapped as the loss takes the Lakers out of the playoff picture for a franchise-record sixth straight season.

It made Johnson look impatient and ramped up the pressure on everyone in the locker room. After beating the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, they were in fourth place in the Western Conference and 20-14 overall.

Josh Hart has been plagued by tendinitis in his left knee for months, and Brandon Ingramwas ruled out for the rest of the season recently with deep venous thrombosis.

Kawhi Leonard was keen to move to Los Angeles last summer before he was traded to Toronto Raptors. A stream of leaked offers thereafter irreparably fractured the locker room.

James shot 8-25 from the floor in 35 minutes of action, as the Lakers are now 2-11 in their past 13 games. The Lakers need to project stability going into yet another critical offseason if they hope to attract a second superstar to pair with James.

  • Rosalie Stanley