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LeBron James concedes the playoff hopes of the Los Angeles Lakers are “slimming down each and every game,” meaning he will not be competing in the postseason for the first time since 2005.
However, he insists he’ll be back in the playoffs sooner than later.
The 34-year-old James, about to have the curtain dropped on his 16th NBA season, said during the 2015 NBA Finals while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden Warriors that he would rather not make the playoffs than lose in the Finals — something he’s done six times in his career, compared to three championships.
James, though, said that statement was a heat-of-the-moment type of thing.
“Was that question asked after I actually lost that Finals? That was definitely a moment thing,” James said through a smile, according to Michael Lee of The Athletic. “Obviously, I would love for this team to be in the postseason. For me to a part of the postseason is something I’ve always loved.”
LeBron James won't win a GOAT debate if rings are the criteria but he can change the argument to a statistical one. Why the lottery-bound Lakers can't simply shut him down (hint: every game matters in LBJ's chase of Kareem's scoring record) https://t.co/LoKYhwaOKS
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 13, 2019
James, four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, said he’s learning to accept whatever happens.
“Right now, it’s not the hand that was dealt. You play the hand you was dealt until the dealer shuffles the cards and give you another hand,” he said. “I’ll be watching if we’re not in there and it looks like we’re not. Our chances are slimming down each and every game.
“This won’t be the last time I’ll be in the postseason, that’s for sure.”