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LeBron James jokes that he and Chris Paul ‘aren’t friends anymore’

Dunk Wire logo Dunk Wire 10/22/2018 Erik García Gundersen
Chris Paul et al. standing in front of a crowd: Getty © Getty Getty

When things break down or go sideways, sometimes the proper response is to laugh at it. And that appeared to be LeBron James' approach at Monday morning's Lakers shootaround ahead of their game against the San Antonio Spurs.

James was asked about, among other things, the awkward position he was put in during the fight that broke out Saturday between his Lakers teammates and his friend Chris Paul. James said that wasn't even in his thought process at the time.

"All I cared about was trying to get the thing over-with," James told reporters at Monday's shootaround "Trying to get back to the game. That was all that was on my mind at the end of the day was to end the altercation and help the referees out."

When asked if his relationship with Paul may have made things easier to calm down, James responded sarcastically that he and Paul are no longer friends.

Whatever complicated personal position James may find himself in, the next steps are fairly simple. The Lakers simply need to find a way to get a win to leave all of that fight talk behind.

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