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LeBron James, who was eliminated by the Denver Nuggets (4-0) this Monday with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, left a secret message about his future in the press conference after the fourth and final game (111-113)..
“It’s been a very unusual journey this season. But I don’t know. I don’t want to say it was a successful year because at this point in my career I don’t play for anything other than winning championships.. Not being able to be a part of the finale is not fun for me,” he argued on the last question of the appearance.
“We’ll see what happens later. Honestly, I have a lot to think about. Moving forward in basketball, I have a lot to think about,” he added before wrapping up the press conference.
The reports created a frenzy on social media and in the media ESPN Dave McMenamin later spoke to LeBron and clarified what he meant and posted on his Twitter account Twitter The following dialogue:
– When you say you want to think about things, what are we supposed to get out of them?
– If I want to keep playing.
– Next year?
– Will you leave it?
– I’ll have to think about it.
An unforgettable night He rested only 4 seconds in 48 minutes of playLeBron had two ways to force overtime, but his first shot went off the side of the board, and the second, already at the buzzer, was blocked by Aaron Gordon.
With the stats stacked against him as he was 3-0 against the NBA, LeBron took over at a time when the Lakers were most desperate, and at 38 years old, he turned in a spectacular performance. 40 points (15 of 25 shooting), 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
LeBron dazzled with 21 points in the first quarter and 31 at halftime (a new record for him in one half of the playoffs), but he showed fatigue in the second half.
“Anthony Davis and I decided in the locker room that this is one of the best teams or the best team we’ve played in the last four years,” James said, praising the Nuggets. Qualified for his first NBA Finals appearance.
He also surrendered to the greatness of Nikola Jokic, he made it clear that he was not surprised by the Serbian’s performance in this tie. “Dokic hasn’t shown me anything in this series, I already know how big he is,” he said.
“Because of his scoring, rebounding and shooting ability, you’re always off balance. You see plays before they happen. There aren’t many players like that in our league. I knew we were going up against a beast. The streak started.” LeBron added.
The Lakers have been on a roller coaster this season with a disastrous start (2-10), the departure of Russell Westbrook, new signings like D’Angelo Russell or Rui Hachimura, and the development of Austin Reaves and an amazing comeback with some exciting playoffs. Eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors.
The Nuggets were too much of a team for these deserving Lakers, but LeBron offered no guarantees when talking about next year’s plan. “I never think about next year, I don’t know,” he said.
“I don’t even start thinking about next year. We had a great run in the playoffs, but fell short of our goal of winning the championship. That’s what that franchise revolves around. And failure is disappointment,” he argued.