No One Has More To Lose On An NBA Reboot Than LeBron James

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If LeBron James has the most to lose if Lakers can’t win a title this season, if basketball ever does return.

If LeBron James has the most to lose if Lakers can’t win a title this season, if basketball ever does return.
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If — or when — the 2019-2020 NBA season gets back under way, there can be only one loser at season’s end.

LeBron James.

Yep.

Reports say there’s a good chance that the NBA could restart its season in late July playing the remaining games at Disney World in Orlando. And it would more than likely just be a 16-team playoff format to crown this season’s champion.

If James isn’t hoisting up that Larry O’Brien trophy when the dust settles on this pandemic-interrupted season, he will be the biggest loser. Clearly, it would be a lost opportunity, one Lebron can’t afford now that he is this long in the tooth.

Worse, it probably would have been his last chance of winning it all again.

And that wouldn’t be a good thing when you think about how this promising season has come undone for James. His Los Angeles Lakers, after stealing Anthony Davis from New Orleans, were rolling when the season stopped, but there’s no guarantee they can return to that level.

During the break, James was smashed by The Last Dance, Michael Jordan’s documentary. Public opinion about who the G.O.A.T. is swung heavily MJ’s way when Jordan’s career was clearly put in context for misguided millennials.

And lastly, there is a make-shift season to win with no wiggle room.

There’s no other circumstance in the league as dire as what the aging LeBron faces.

Not Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers. Sure, they are contenders to win their first title. But they aren’t going anywhere. They have a shot to still win even if it’s not this season. In fact, they will be healthier and have more chemistry next season.

Not Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. With the best record in the league, they are contenders, too. Again, there is no timetable, expiration date on this squad. This star and his team expect to get better and more experienced wit