LeBron James gave a major scare to his die-hard fans when he threatened retirement after getting swept by the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals last season. Moreover, James left the fans guessing as he went on radio silence for more than a month. Fortunately, the veteran announced a comeback during an award show hosted by ESPN.
LeBron James committed to his 21st NBA season by confirming his return in the purple and gold jersey. He led the Lakers to a championship in 2020. But his dream of a fitting farewell diminished last year as the team got knocked out of conference finals. Thus, to accomplish the existing wish, James has been battling harder than ever before.
LeBron James Embracing Leadership Role In What Could Be His Final Moments At Lakers!
LeBron James will be turning 39 this year. But his athleticism and passion are as high as any rookie or a player in his prime years. He is still hungry to win and give his absolute best to the sport that he loves the most in this world. Despite last season’s conference finals heartbreak, James gathered himself up for his 21st NBA season. Apparently, the veteran wants to finish off on a high by claiming the ultimate prize, which is the championship ring. He is more desperate than any player on the Lakers roster, understandably so. Moreover, to fulfill the final accomplishment, LeBron apparently went out of his way to guide his team appropriately.
As much as one wants to believe that Anthony Davis is the face of the Lakers, LeBron James will undoubtedly remain the ultimate leader in the locker room as long as he is on the squad. He displayed the same sentiment during Lakers training camp, where he reportedly was getting extra engaged with the players. Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times said that in terms of leadership perspective, the 38-year-old seemed more active than any other member during LA’s short training camp in San Diego. Naturally, LeBron wants to ensure that every other member of the roster is on the same page with regard to the team’s ultimate goal. He would not want to have any loose ends once the 2023-24 NBA season officially kicks off by the end of the month.
LeBron’s Absence From Preseason Games Raises Serious Doubts On His Injury Status!
Los Angeles Lakers began their preseason campaign against the Golden State Warriors on October 8. However, the team missed the services of their superstar veteran LeBron James. Not only that, James ended up missing the third game against the Sacramento Kings as well, which raised significant health concerns among the fans and analysts alike.
It’s important to note that LeBron James underwent grueling rehab to treat his right foot tendon injury during the off-season. Thus, the fans’ concerns are understandable. However, the Lakers supporters must remain rest assured that LeBron is, in fact, in the pink of his health. He confirmed the same during the Lakers’ media day as well. His absence from the preseason games is nothing but the Lakers’ plan to manage the workload of the veteran, who remains in his late 40s.