The Los Angeles Lakers were knocked out of the NBA playoffs by the Denver Nuggets, and now LeBron James has a lot to think about. The team was beaten 4-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals by the Denver Nuggets.
Challenging season for LeBron James
The loss leaves the Lakers without a trophy for three consecutive seasons, which is undoubtedly disappointing for one of basketball’s biggest names. During his 20 seasons in the league, LeBron has set numerous records and won four championships, two with Miami Heat and one each with Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Lakers. His talent is undeniable.
In February this year, he became NBA’s all-time leading scorer when he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 points made more than three decades ago in 1989.
This defeat now means that it’s been tough going for him over recent times as they have failed to qualify or win any championship events since their triumph last year. In fact during his post-game comments he expressed that this season had been “challenging.”
Weighing up retirement options?
“We’ll see what happens going forward. I don’t know,” said James about his future plans following Monday night’s game ending loss which saw him score an impressive 31 points in just half time play but fail overall due to strong opposition from Denver Nuggets. “I’ve got a lot to think about”
He signed a two-year contract extension with the Lakers last August that would keep him at the club through the 2024-2025 season. In a recent interview, he explained his desire to extend his career in order to play with or against his eldest son Bronny; who will be playing college basketball next season at the University of Southern California and who could conceivably enter NBA in time for 2024-25 campaign.
But following this latest defeat, there has been speculation about whether he may now decide to retire sooner rather than later. James has long said that he wants to extend his career for as long as possible so that he can play alongside or against his oldest son – who is currently attending college in preparation for entering into professional basketball himself.
In conclusion, we don’t know what LeBron’s decision will be after this devastating loss but one thing is clear: he remains one of basketball’s greatest ever players despite any setbacks.