LeBron Continues Quest for Ring Number Four
Written by Andrew Goldberg
After a dominant 36 point, 10 rebound, 10 assist performance, LeBron James dapped up his longtime friend Carmelo Anthony and said goodbye to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, his Lakers having completed a 4-1 series victory. James combined with fellow superstar Anthony Davis to drop 79 points in the decisive Game 5, putting to rest any worries about a first round upset after the Lakers were shocked in Game 1. But for James, the series victory pales in comparison to what he and his fellow players were able to accomplish off the court this week.
Following the Milwaukee Bucks decision to strike and postpone Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic, LeBron and his teammates quickly joined the movement to postpone all playoff games until further notice, leading to speculation on whether the NBA playoffs would continue.
A players and coaches only meeting was held in Orlando the next day, where the players went over the changes they expected the league to implement in order for play to continue. At the end of the meeting the players voted on the matter, with the Lakers and Clippers voting against the continuation of play. Though they would eventually come around, the decision sent shockwaves throughout the league. While talking to the media after Sunday’s game, James expanded on his decision.
“In sports this is the first time we’ve been able to do something like this, but this moment is so much bigger than us playing basketball,” James said. “Hopefully, years on down the line, when America is in a better place, you can look back to this moment and be like, that was one of the catapults that kind of got it going.”
Since the meeting James’s focus has returned to the court, with his sights set on championship number four. It has been a tumultuous season for the Lakers, from having to play after the tragic death of franchise legend Kobe Bryant to taking a nearly three month pause in play due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with the first round in the books, LeBron still believes the team’s best play is ahead of them. They will look to prove that message this week, when the Lakers take on the winner of the Houston-Oklahoma City series. HustleTV we love our sports.