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3 Burning questions for LeBron James heading into the NBA offseason

Achyut Dubey
ANALYST
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615   //    12 Jun 2019, 15:00 IST

LeBron's legacy is finding no refuge in the chaotic LA franchise.
LeBron's legacy is finding no refuge in the chaotic LA franchise.

The Los Angeles Lakers finished with a subpar 37-45 win-loss record for their 2018-19 regular season, two places removed of the playoff picture, making this LeBron James' first summer out of the postseason in around 14 years. His decision to join the coveted Lakers franchise was unprecedented and the chain of events that were set in motion from that point on, are yet to screech to a halt.

In the backdrop of some horrible trade commitments during the season followed by the firing of an apparently undertalented head coach to a devastating breakup with the iconic Magic Johnson - who later spilled some sour beans on Rob Pelinka and the entire front office in general - the organization is on the verge of falling apart for all its worth.

Be it holding fort after letting the opposition take a 3-1 lead in the Finals or carrying an injury-undermanned squad in the playoffs, it has always been LeBron versus the world. With James as the centerpiece, the current status quo in LA is no different. This is not how the final few years of a Top 2 or Top 3 basketball player of all time is supposed to play out.

Let's take a quick look at the three burning questions facing the Kid from Akron as the offseason of despair approaches.


#1 Is Father Time catching up with LeBron James?

LeBron had never missed so many games due to injury before.
LeBron had never missed so many games due to injury before.

For someone who just played all 82 games in the previous season and willed a team of novices all the way to the NBA Finals after that, the laws of human anatomy fail to apply as in mere mortals.

On December 25, 2018, LeBron went down with a groin injury playing against the Warriors, which eventually resulted in his longest absence from basketball action ever. Nobody in touch with the NBA universe had seen this before and neither had James himself. He did end up making a full recovery and ended the season with blistering averages of 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game.

His valiant efforts down the stretch proved to be too little too late for the ailing Lakers roster as they failed to conjure a legit playoff push in time. Come to think of it, the man averaged 27-8-8 in what many considered as his 'down' year.

However, the 34-year-old did show signs of being an injury susceptible human being after all.

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