The NBA has moved through the Orlando Bubble situation with much success, allowing the 2019-20 season to guide toward a finish. However, it’s a setup that has come with a fair share of hurdles for the players to navigate through these last several weeks. That has now seen LA Lakers star forward LeBron James admit to his shortcomings with one issue.
The NBA commits to the Orlando Bubble
In the first few months of the 2019-20 season suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, much uncertainty remained around whether the campaign would resume.
However, the league hatched the idea of putting together an isolated situation at the Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. The suggestion quickly garnered traction to which the NBA and NBPA agreed to play out eight regular-season games and the entire playoffs.
Since the Orlando Bubble situation started on July 30, it has progressed almost entirely without a hitch. The last several weeks have seen zero positive coronavirus test results from the players inside the isolated setup. However, it has been a matter that has come with some expected hurdles that LeBron James has finally admitted to dealing with himself.
LeBron James admits to wanting to get out of the Orlando Bubble
Although the NBA has successfully set up a situation where the players can safely play basketball, there are shared struggles all involved go through.
The bulk of that lies with having to mentally endure being isolated from the rest of the world. That is something that LeBron James voiced he has struggled with after the Lakers’ series-clinching win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. (H/T Ben Golliver of the Washington Post)
“I’ve had numerous nights and days thinking about leaving. I think everyone has, including you (media) guys. There’s not one person who hasn’t (thought), “I’ve got to get the hell out of here.’”
James has shown glimpses of his struggles with that as he recently took to social media to state that he missed his wife and kids. Those are the same emotions that many of his peers in the Orlando Bubble are feeling.
It’s something that could become taxing mentally in a negative light like it was for LA Clippers star Paul George. The All-Star forward voiced that he was in a “dark place” due to his shooting struggles early in the playoffs. The fact that James has expressed his issues, it sheds more light on the internal challenges that players and the many others in that setting are working through daily.
Lakers continue championship quest
What helps LeBron James get through the mental struggles is the Lakers’ success so far in the playoffs.
Despite falling in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, LA rattled off four straight wins to clinch the first-round series win. James played a huge factor in helping guide his team pass their short-handed opponent. The 35-year-old finished the series off with a stellar outing with a triple-double guided, which extended his NBA record to 13 career playoff games with a 30-point triple-double.
The Lakers move a step closer to competing for an NBA title with a formidable opponent in the Houston Rockets. LA dropped two out of their three regular-season games against Houston this season. However, it’s a much different setting with the teams competing in the Orlando Bubble with virtually no home-court advantage in either direction.
Nonetheless, the Lakers are ready for their next tough challenge ahead against the Rockets.