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LeBron James Says Creator of ‘S–t’ NBA Play-In Tournament ‘Needs to Be Fired’

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated PressAhead of the 2020 NBA restart, LeBron James said he was a fan of the league having a play-in tournament to determine the final seeds of the playoffs. With his Los Angeles Lakers in danger of dropping into a play-in one season later, James’ tone has changed.”Whoever came up with that s–t…

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James dribble the ball during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, April 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Ahead of the 2020 NBA restart, LeBron James said he was a fan of the league having a play-in tournament to determine the final seeds of the playoffs. With his Los Angeles Lakers in danger of dropping into a play-in one season later, James’ tone has changed.

Whoever came up with that s–t needs to be fired,” James told reporters after the Lakers’ 121-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

The loss was the Lakers’ third straight and seventh in their last nine games, dropping them into a three-way tie for seeds 5-7 with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers would have the No. 6 seed and avoid the play-in if the season ended today because of tiebreaker advantages over Portland.

Seeds Nos. 7 and 8 are set to play a one-game playoff for the No. 7 seed following the end of the regular season. The loser of that game would go on to play the winner of a game between seeds No. 9 and No. 10 to determine the No. 8 seed.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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