LeBron James made an admission about his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. When talking about the early-season struggled of the Lakers, James reportedly stated that he almost "cracked" under the pressure. It was a telling series of comments from the former MVP and NBA champion, who is trying to help the Lakers be relevant in the Western Conference again.

Though the L.A. Lakers did start out the season very slowly, LeBron James is already leading the franchise back to respectability.

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The team is now 7-6 on the season, holding down the eighth-place spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers are also averaging 116.2 points per game, ranking the team among the best offenses in the entire NBA.

LeBron comments on the Lakers

According to NBA analyst Chris Haynes, LeBron admitted that he nearly cracked until he remembered that there are long-term plans in place for the Lakers. The interview took place on Saturday night (November 10), after the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings. The Lakers would follow that up with a victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday (November 11).

James stated that "I haven’t changed anything outwardly, but you know me. You know how I am. I almost cracked [last week]. I had to sit back and remind myself, [Expletive], you knew what you were getting yourself into."

Comments like these help fans remember that LeBron James is human, even though there are nights where it seems like he is one of the best players to ever walk on a basketball court. Long after he retires, there will continue to be debates about whether he is better than Michael Jordan, but right now, he wants to bring success to the Lakers for the first time since before Kobe Bryant retired.

It's a long NBA season with lots of rumors

While Kyrie Irving continues to be frustrated in Boston [VIDEO] and the Cleveland Cavaliers struggled without LeBron James [VIDEO], many eyes are still focused on the Los Angeles Lakers. After signing LeBron James to a huge deal in free agency, the expectations are there that he will take them to another championship. With a young roster, that becomes a difficult goal, even though this is a team destined to finally return to the postseason.

If James can keep his wits about him and the young players on the Lakers' roster can continue improving, this is a team that every other franchise has to worry about. The alternative, though, is that if the Lakers struggled and James gets frustrated, the team might start making big moves. That could lead to a lot of NBA rumors as the trade deadline approaches in the winter. For now, the Lakers are heading in the right direction again, with LeBron James leading the way.