"I don’t think I would be able to have any closure if we did not have an opportunity to finish the season."
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 8, 2020
James’ 17th NBA season is obviously unique for many reasons, but he is uncommonly proud of what the Lakers have accomplished so far.
“I can have some satisfaction on what our team has been able to do this year (with) a first-year coach, first-year system, a whole new coaching staff, bringing on so many new pieces to our team this year,” James said. “I honestly didn’t think that we would be able to come together as fast as we did, just having so many new pieces (and) bringing in Anthony. He spent seven years in New Orleans, so he was coming into a new system, playing along with myself, and how we would be able to come together? I thought it would take us a lot longer than it did, but I was wrong. I was very wrong about that.”
And then all that good work abruptly stopped four weeks ago.
James will be deeply disappointed if the Lakers don’t get a chance to test themselves during a playoff run, yet he realizes what’s most important in the upcoming weeks and months.
And so will all sports fans.
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