LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the top players in the NBA.
During the 2020-21 season, James appeared to have a good chance of winning his fifth MVP award in his long career. Unfortunately, an ankle injury disrupted both his and the Lakers’ seasons.
James reflected on the MVP race during his farewell interview on Monday morning. He stated unequivocally that he believes he was in the driver’s seat for the award before the injury completely eliminated him.
LeBron claims he was the “MVP of the season” last year before he sprained his ankle.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) April 11, 2022
For James and the Lakers, the 2020-21 NBA season will almost certainly be a source of anguish. Before injuries began to impair the team’s season, L.A. was one of the greatest in the NBA.
James averaged 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game before his ankle injury. He shot 51.3 percent from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc.
That season, the Lakers were able to make it to the playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers led the Phoenix Suns 2-1 in the first round.
Following an injury to star big man Anthony Davis in the fourth game of the series, the Lakers lost three straight games and were eliminated from the playoffs. The Suns, of course, went on to win the Western Conference.
Before his NBA career ends, James will undoubtedly be more focused on winning more titles.
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He’ll be able to watch the whole NBA playoffs from the comfort of his couch this year. The Lakers struggled throughout the season, finishing as the West’s No. 11 seed.