After missing playoffs again, Lakers face ‘critical’ offseason says LeBron James

After missing playoffs again, Lakers face ‘critical’ offseason says LeBron James

After missing playoffs again, Lakers face ‘critical’ offseason says LeBron James

LeBron James won't be in the postseason for the first time since 2006, back when he was not even near his prime with the Cleveland Cavaliers in his first go-round with the team, and was amid his third season in the National Basketball Association.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits for the start of play during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. "But for me personally, it's very critical, because I want to compete and I want to compete now".

Steve Kerr expressed disappointment for LeBron James over the Lakers being eliminated early from playoff contention, but Kerr praised L.A. coach Luke Walton for the way he's handled the season and "the storm that has been thrown" at his team.

So, not seeing LeBron's walking near-triple-double statline in the postseason will be very, very odd, considering he's made eight straight NBA Finals, combining his years with the Heat and in his "Return" tour with the Cavs.

One other option would be trading for Anthony Davis, although the New Orleans Pelicans were reluctant to deal him to the Lakers at the trade deadline this season and that may be the case again this summer.

"Obviously the rest of the league continues to go, a lot of talent, a lot of great storylines, people chasing championships", Curry said. The movie is set to be released on July 16, 2021 - more than two years from now. "It's just different [with James not in the postseason]".

The stakes are considerable for all, but perhaps highest for the Lakers. Walton was previously an assistant on Kerr's staff with the Warriors before taking the Lakers job in the summer of 2016.

"My injury was the worst thing that could have happened to our team at that point in time", James said. "His temperament is flawless for this job and this team".

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