The Lakers have made history by becoming only the fifth reigning titleholder in NBA history to be eliminated on their home court in the first round...
It has taken 18 NBA seasons and 15 playoff appearances...
But the LeBron James and the Lakers are suffering...
Now, LeBron James is known for his iconic basketball career.
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The thirty-six-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time through his sensational career with the Lakers.
But basketball is far from his only passion.
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James is well immersed in the world of education and getting kids on the right track - using his influence for good.
LeBron has always been a man of the people...
via: GettyAnd, throughout years of major success, he has always remained grounded and stayed true to himself.
And he loves his fans.
But his team has recently suffered one of the greatest defeats of his career...
Face it, Blind Witnesses: LeBron James has always, always been overhyped and overrated.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 4, 2021
America is sick and tired of LeBron James and ready for Tim Tebow!!— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) June 4, 2021
LeBron James was eliminated in the first round for the first time in his career. He'll never be the player Michael Jordan was.— Susan St. James (@SusanStJames3_) June 4, 2021
LeBron James is a BUM.— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) June 4, 2021
A bad example for our children.
A bad influence on America.
An overrated basketball player.
He received real criticism when we saw The Phoenix Suns take control of their first-round playoff series, winning 115-85 against the Los Angeles Lakers...
Causing LeBron James to walk off court with 5 minutes remaining and leaving the Lakers one loss from elimination.
At first, the Lakers held an early 10-5 lead, but it soon changed...
Allowing the Suns to build up a 30-point halftime lead - Los Angeles' largest halftime deficit in 25 years, the New York Post reports.
James scored the majority of his points in the third quarter, but by the fourth, with scores mounting, he'd had enough...
James sat on bench by himself before leaving court with just 5 minutes remaining.
You can see a clip of James walking off here.
However, now the Lakers have suffered their biggest defeat yet...
Debted with injuries, the defending champion Lakers were overwhelmed by Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, dropping Game 6, 113-100, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
LeBron and the Lakers attempted to recover in the second half...
But Booker proved to be too much, dropping 47 points while draining 8 of 10 3-point attempts.
The loss makes the Lakers become only the fifth reigning titleholder in NBA history to be eliminated on their home court in the first round.
Many Lakers fans blame it on an apparently heavily injured team.
James spoke of the struggles the team has faced...
"The season started so fast after leaving the bubble, obviously," James told reporters after the game. "I think I was talking to [Lakers teammate Wes Matthews] in the locker room just a few minutes ago, and I said the one thing that bothers me more than anything: we never really got an opportunity to see our full team at full strength, either because of injury or COVID."
To make it even worse, Suns veteran Jae Crowder taunted James at the end of the fourth quarter by doing a brief salsa dance - a reference to a popular commercial featuring the four-time NBA MVP.
Jae Crowder taunts LeBron by Salsa dancing 😳 pic.twitter.com/FGAIxKHwq1— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 4, 2021
Crowder was immediately ejected and jogged off into the locker room.
The game was one of a kind.
Booker scored 22 of his 47 points in an exceptional first quarter, and the Phoenix Suns won their first playoff series since 2010, eliminating the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-100 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night.
Booker and the Suns surged to a 29-point lead in the first half, but the Lakers trimmed it to 10 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Lakers were 21-6 before they lost Davis and then James to long-term injuries starting on Valentine's Day, and the champs never regained their best form.
"We could never fully get into a rhythm and never really kinda see the full potential of what we're capable of," James said.
The Suns will meet the Denver Nuggets in the second round. Game 1 is Monday in Phoenix.
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