Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said he “certainly did not give up the season” amid a coronavirus pandemic.
The NBA was suspended indefinitely in March due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has wreaked havoc all over the world.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is reportedly exploring the possibility of holding all postseasoners in one location – Las Vegas, while there is talk that competition can go directly to the playoffs.
The Lakers have played 63 of 82 matches in the regular season when the campaign was stopped, Los Angeles bragging about the best 49-14 Western Conference record and James is eager to return.
“Obviously not giving up on the season,” James said. “Not only me and my teammates, the Lakers organization, we want to play.
“There are many players that I know personally want to play. And obviously, we never want to jeopardize the health of our players or the families of players and so on and so on.
“This is a pandemic that we don’t know [about]. We cannot control it. “
“I know we all missed it,” said the NBA champion three times. “I would sit here lying down if I said no.”
After a difficult first season in Los Angeles, James has returned to his best performance for the Lakers in 2019-20 – the appearance of the veterans catapulted him into the mix for the fifth MVP award.
By the time the NBA suspended the league, James had averaged 25.7 points, 10.6 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per match for the Lakers.
Sports slowly returned after a coronavirus outbreak, with the German Bundesliga back behind closed doors over the weekend, while UFC 249 took place without fans in Jacksonville, Florida.
“We see a lot of sporting events, UFC, football, we hear baseball will start soon,” James added. “You know, I want to go back to playing. I love playing basketball. I know how inspiring basketball is.
“I know how inspiring sport itself is. As soon as possible, when we can get back there, we will be happy to bring basketball back to our fans.”
James also revealed he began training to become an NFL player during the NBA lockup in 2011.
“Me and my coach, we really started to really train to become soccer players when it arrived like October and November,” James said. “We started counting our time with the 40s. We started adding a little more to our press bench and things like that.”
“That thought popped into my mind. Never having the ability to finish my high school career playing my senior year, I always dreamed about playing football.”
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