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Arnab Bose


Is This The End Of LeBron James’ NBA Career? Will Lakers Be Able To Come Back From 0-3 Slump?

LeBron James has been an unstoppable force over the course of twenty years in the NBA. He has broken several records this year and in the past twenty years. King James has clearly set the bar so high that nobody expects him to have an off day. But when that happens, everybody goes berserk. Fans and haters all join together to flood social media with questions and remarks, predicting the worst.

James is 38, and a hot topic of discussion in the NBA community is how long he will play. But the way he has been performing this current season, it looks like the end is not yet close. However, it does not stop the haters from commenting something along the lines of, “LeBron James Is Finished?”


Is It All Over For LeBron James And His Team?

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Jan 7, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after being called for an offensive foul against the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Fans and critics flood the social media platforms every time LeBron James does not perform at the level he used to like five years back. The same happens even when his team suffers a bad phase. And once again, something similar is happening. It looks like the Los Angeles Lakers’ journey this season is almost over. They have done a remarkable job of making the postseason after a 2-10 start in this edition. The team also knocked out the second-seed Memphis Grizzlies and the defending champions, Golden State Warriors. But in the Western Conference finals, it is becoming too hard for the Lakers to beat the top-seed Denver Nuggets. At present, the Lakers are 0-3 down, similar to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

Miami Heat is leading in the Eastern Final, and Denver Nuggets are leading in the West. However, the Lakers fans fear the worst to happen. With the end of the Lakers this season, it might also be the end of LeBron James. Brian Windhorst of ESPN spoke about James on the podcast Hoop Collective. He revealed that “People texted me after Game 3 saying it is the end of James. I was like, wait a minute, he still scored 23 points and 12 rebounds.” But Windhorst knows where the fear is coming from. Here is a guy who used to average 38 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists. However, LeBron James is not the same athlete anymore.

King James Raised The Bar Too High

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Feb 7, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) speaks after breaking the record for all-time scoring in the NBA during the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Previously, James used to have very few off days. But at present, the number of those off days is increasing. Also, he is performing like any other 30-year-old talent. That’s the problem when a player raises the bar too high. The ankle injury and the tendon injury he suffered in late February have messed up his present contributions to the game. He might need surgery in the offseason.

Hence, with a deteriorating physique, people can wonder how long the 20-year NBA experienced veteran may be able to continue. But LeBron James feels like there is still a chance, perhaps in the series against the Nuggets. According to the Lakers’ ace, “It is a matter of one game. That’s all we need to focus on at the moment.” Coach Darvin Ham agrees to the same as he stated, “We are still alive as long as it is not 4-0. There is hope.”