LeBron James Admits Lakers’ Have “Slim” Chances of Making the Playoffs

LeBron James. Photo by Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock (9048876m)

LeBron James is still by many the best basketball player in the world, but despite this, there is a big chance we won’t see him in the playoffs this year. His Los Angeles Lakers are currently sitting 11th in the standings in Western Conference and are 6.5 games from the playoff spot. Following Tuesday’s 123-107 win over the Chicago Bulls, James acknowledged this himself saying that his team’s chances of making the playoffs are “slim.”   

“Obviously, I would love for the team to be in the postseason,” – said James. “Even if I’m not a part of it, the postseason I’ve always loved. But right now, it’s not the hand I was dealt, so you play the hand that you were dealt until the dealer shuffles the cards and you’re dealt another hand and can do that.”

James made his first playoff appearance in 2006 with Cleveland Cavaliers and made it to the postseason every year after that.

“Definitely, I’ll be watching it if we’re not in there, and it looks like our chances are slim to none after each and every game, and so many teams in the West are playing well,” –  the 34-year-old star added. “So you try to get better, but this won’t be the last time I’ll be in the postseason.”

LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $154 million contract last summer, hoping to have a better chance at winning another NBA Championship. Although going for a title in the 2018/19 wasn’t expected, both James and the franchise believed they can make a good playoff run. This is now unlikely to happen, and they will have to look to make amends in the next season when Lakers hope they’ll lure another superstar to join James in Los Angeles.

In his first season with the Lakers, James is currently averaging 27.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.