LeBron James vows return to playoffs after disappointing season

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Dallas lost for a sixth consecutive game as rookie Luka Doncic, playing with a sore right knee, was limited to 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball against the Chicago Bulls in the second half at the United Center.

However, he insists he'll be back in the playoffs sooner than later.

After acquiring LeBron James in free agency with a slew of other changes to the team, Lakers fans were no doubt sure the team would finally make it back to the postseason. "That was definitely a moment thing", James said through a smile, according to Michael Lee of The Athletic.

"Obviously, I would love for the team to be in the postseason", James said after the Lakers' 123-107 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

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It is the most appearances for any visiting player, but James is not just any player. "Pretty much every time I play here I look up at the rafters, look up at the jersey retired and then when the starting lineups come up, when I was a kid watching that starting lineup watching the Bulls run through the city and Jordan's name and number getting called, I always have that feeling". The Lakers played the past two games without Kyle Kuzma, who returned for the start of the five-game road trip. We go into Detroit, who's a playoff team. We go into Toronto our next game. All playoff teams, all good teams. Before the game, Walton was asked what would've been his reaction if he was told they would have the same record (30-36) as they did after 66 games last season.

"We've got to learn from the Pistons", Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. The youngster tossed the ball up off the backboard, and LeBron zoomed in to finish the alley-oop with another reverse.

The fun began in the second quarter when James waited out his defender to spin and slam it home.

Did James feel particularly bouncy on this Windy City night?

In a season that has fallen flat, it was a possible preview of what James might still have in store for his Lakers tenure. "He got out in transition a few times on those". I know that [missing the playoffs] hasn't happened to him since early, early, early in his career. "It felt like everybody got shots tonight".

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