LAKERS star LeBron James has responded after fans booed him during their last game.
His comments came as the Lakers prepared to face Denver Nuggets in a crucial NBA tie to save their struggling season.
James, 34, was booed during the Lakers’ 113-105 defeat to LA Clipper, their 13th loss in their last 20 games.
The Lakers now sit 11th in the Western Conference and need a major reverse in fortune to make a playoff place.
But James, speaking after the game, said too much pressure had been placed on their young stars.
He told reporters: “It’s unfair to them to ask for so much when they’re in their second or third year.”
“t’s unfair to them to ask for so much when they’re in their second or third year”
James singled out Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram as some of the team’s young talent the side was too reliant on.
“You can’t find one other team in our league right now that has to rely on that much every single night from their young guys in their first or second year.”
He went on: “We want them to learn, I want them to learn.
“But also we have to understand that they’re young as well and they’re going to make mistakes.
“You just try to limit the mistakes as much as possible.”
Fans also took to social media to slam the star.
Laker’s supporter Hector wrote on Twitter: “@KingJames needs to get the hell out of Los Angeles, he should NOT have come here in the first place.”
James has missed a number of games this season after picking up a groin strain in December.
In July, the three-times NBA winner signed with the Lakers, hoping other big-name talents would join with him.
But reported deals for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard fell through at the last minute
Tonight’s tie was also a momentous one for LeBron.
He was just 13 points away from overtaking Michael Jordan in the all-time number of points scored.
But despite reaching the historic milestone, it was another frustrating night for the Lakers, as they lost 115-99 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.