LeBron James ‘having the time of my life right now,’ nets 38 vs. former team


Mueez Ajao

– With the Los Angeles Lakers’ flat-lining season experiencing a bit of a blip with Monday’s 131-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James says he still has something left to play for.

– “I’m literally having the time of my life right now,” James said after the Lakers finished their four-game road trip by winning two of their final three. “The game’s such a beautiful thing.”

– L.A.’s spot in the standings is anything but beautiful, even with the upswing, as the Lakers still sit at No. 9 in the Western Conference — one game ahead of the No. 10 New Orleans Pelicans and three games up on the No. 11 San Antonio Spurs — with 10 games left to play.

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– But James, who poured in 38 points, recorded 12 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds in lifting his all-time record to 17-1 against his former franchise, is locked into the present moment his team finds itself in.

– With four championships and 10 trips to the NBA Finals on his résumé already, why does the 37-year-old star still find purpose with a team just hoping to scrape its way into the play-in tournament?

– “Because I couldn’t care less what the narrative about our team is,” James said. “At my point in my career, I don’t get involved in that stuff. I don’t read about it, I don’t hear it too much. … None of that stuff matters to me, I’m having a blast playing the game of basketball.”

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