LeBron James, who blitzed the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday with 46 points, adding two more records to his splendid collection, admitted to the media that it is not easy to process all these individual successes while the Los Angeles Lakers continue to lose.

“In the last two years, since we won the (2020) championship, I’ve achieved a lot of accomplishment,” he detailed in his post-game press conference.

“So, it’s been a little hard to even digest some of those accomplishments because I don’t want to celebrate them in defeat,”
Now 38-year-old and in his 20th NBA season, LeBron had a career-high 46 points (16-of-29 from the field), eight rebounds and seven assists and broke his record for three-pointers in a game with nine made (out of 14 attempts).

In addition, the Lakers star became the first player in NBA history to score 40 points against every franchise in the league.
LeBron’s umpteenth career scoring performance puts him, with 38,210 points, just 177 points shy of tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is the all-time leading scorer in NBA history with 38,387.

“I never thought I would catch Kareem in scoring, it was never something that was on my mind,” LeBron admitted.
“As it gets closer and closer, I guess I’ll feel it more and more,” he added,

“My main goal is always to play basketball the right way.”
Despite LeBron’s extraordinary numbers on Tuesday, the Lakers fell 133-115 to the Los Angeles Clippers, who have now won 10 straight games against their cross-city rivals.

LeBron said the Clippers were flawless with 19-of-38 three-pointers (15-of-23 at halftime) and stressed they had “a lot of contributions not just from the starters”, referring to second-unit backups Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson.

The Lakers trailed by 23 points at halftime and got to within 10 points in the fourth quarter, but this time they could not complete the comeback.

“We have no room for error. I said that last week,” LeBron declared.

The Lakers will have reinforcements imminently as Anthony Davis, injured since mid-December, and Rui Hachimura, signed Monday in exchange for Kendrick Nunn, are both eligible to play on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.

On possible new additions, LeBron did not go into his assessment of the work of Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ general manager.

“Rob is doing his job. That’s his job. My job is to be on the court and make sure my teammates in the locker room are ready,” he said.

Novak Djokovic was one of the guests that witnessed the big night of six Serbian water polo greats. On Saturday night in Belgrade, Serbia clashed Italy in an exhibition water polo match. It was a big night for Serbian sports as six Serbian water polo greats – Filip Filipovic, Stefan Mitrovic, Milan Aleksic, Gojko Pijetlovic, Dusko Pijetlovic i Andrija Prlainovic – said goodbye to professional sports.

Those six belonged to the golden generation of Serbian water polo players as they won on every possible level. Djokovic was in attendance and paid his respect to the six Serbian water polo greats. “This was a big evening for Serbia and Serbian water polo, as well as for the water polo world.

The Magnificent Six, some of the greatest champions the world has ever seen retired tonight. It was emotional for all of us, all of us who are proud and close to them and who watched them play and win so many medals and titles during all these years,” Djokovic said, per

Djokovic on his childhood friend retiring from water polo

Novak Djokovic

“Filip Filipovic is my friend, a friend from childhood, we grew up together in Belgrade, we went to school together. We have known each other for a long time and now when I watch him retire tonight, it was something special.

He and all the other guys managed to make Serbia special so many times. I am honored to have been here and experienced this,” Djokovic said. When asked whether he had ever tried to play water polo versus his childhood friend Filipovic, Djokovic said no but expressed desire to get to know more about the game one day.

“No, I have never, but now we will have more time to hang out and I will ask him to go into the pool and to go easy on me, but also to teach me how to play and introduce me to the game. We all know that we swim and we think that’s everything you need, but it (water polo) is not just that simple,” Djokovic explained.