Will Lebron James Miss The Playoffs?

Landen Bates, Writer

Lebron James is widely considered around the world as the greatest basketball player to ever step foot on the earth. He is currently in the middle of his 16 season as an NBA player and has been to a record eight straight NBA finals, winning three of those appearances.

Even though Lebron has been making the NBA Finals consistently, he hasn’t had the same supporting cast around him for all his finals appearances. Examples include, when he won his first NBA championship in 2012 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lebron was apart of the Miami Heat from 2010 to 2014 before he decided to go back and play for his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

During Lebron’s time with the Heat he took them to 4 NBA Finals, winning two of those appearances. It was a tough decision for Lebron to make after the 2014 season because he had a lifelong brother in Dwayne Wade on the Heat, but Lebron also had the desire to go back home and attempt to win the Cavaliers their first championship in NBA history. With lots of thinking through the offseason, Lebron had his mind made up, he was going home. As advertised around the world, the “I’m coming home” billboard was put up in Cleveland during 2014 in preparation for Lebron’s return in 2015.

There’s no stats to it, ever since Lebron returned to Cleveland he seemed unstoppable, and just one year after his return to Cleveland, he ended up winning his third NBA championship ever, and first with the Cavaliers. Two more years passed and Lebron is still leading his team to the NBA Finals every single time. From 2015 to 2018 Lebron has faced the Golden State Warriors in four straight NBA Finals, only winning one of them.

This leads Lebron to where he is today, a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, his first season with them. He thought a change was necessary so he decided to make one. He had concerns regarding this being a smart choice or not, and it didn’t take him long to figure that out. As the 2019 NBA season rolls on Lebron James has, for the first time in his illustrious career, a losing record with half of the season already being over. Lebron isn’t necessarily surrounded by the most remarkable talent, as perhaps his most contributing help is an old Rajon Rondo, and a bunch of young bucks trying to learn the NBA in and out. As of February 22nd, 2019, Lebron and the Los Angeles Lakers sit two spots out of a last seed in the Playoffs, at 29 wins and 29 losses. There are only 23 games left in the season, which is little to no time for Lebron to gather his troops and lead them to the playoffs, much less an NBA Finals appearance. Fans will be keeping a close eye on Lebron as the season comes to a close, as this is a serious thing to think about considering one of the greatest basketball players to ever live might not be competing with the top 16 NBA teams in the postseason. The long chase for another championship could very well come to a close for Lebron this season, and who knows what King James will do if that happens. Only time will tell.