The NBA season concluded in October of 2020 when the LA Lakers defeated the Miami Heat for the title. Now the 2020-21 season may happen in December. The NBA players union tentatively approved a Dec. 22 start date. It would be a 72-game season and would be the shortest offseason in NBA history.
Players across the league had different reactions to the news of the NBA’s potential return date. LeBron James didn’t use words to describe his response. He used a simple emoji.
LeBron James won his fourth title playing with the Lakers
During the 2019-20 season, James was determined to lead the Lakers to their first title since 2010. James received a major boost when the Lakers acquired NBA star, Anthony Davis. In James’ first season with the Lakers, he had the Lakers in the playoff hunt until he went down with an injury and missed the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The Lakers failed to make the playoffs without James’ presence.
That was not the case during the 2019-20 season. The Lakers had a healthy James, and the addition of Davis made things much better. Before the season was suspended due to COVID-19, the Lakers were one of the top teams in the league and they were already a lock for the 2020 NBA Playoffs. When the Lakers returned to the NBA bubble, they continued to dominate and carried that into the playoffs.
The Lakers were the No. 1 seed in the west and had no problem in the first two rounds. James played a significant role for the Lakers as they advanced to the NBA Finals. During the finals, James put together an impressive performance. He averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists, which led the team. James was named the Finals MVP after the Lakers won, and he was ecstatic to win a title with the Lakers.
The NBA’s return will be the shortest offseason in NBA history
Although it’s not confirmed regarding the NBA’s return date, the players union tentatively approved the December date. According to si.com, the NBA would lose hundreds of millions of dollars if the league decides to wait longer to start the season.
Many other variables play a factor. The 2020 Olympics were pushed back to 2021 because of the pandemic, and the league wants to make sure the season ends in time so the players can compete in the Olympics. It’s a tough decision to make, but it’s a decision that has to be made.
LeBron James did not use words to describe his reaction to the NBA’s return date
When the news got out about the NBA’s tentative return date, James went to social media to describe how he felt. On his Instagram story, he posted a photo of a stat that ESPN shared regarding the shortest offseasons in sports. In the photo, he posted an emoji of a person with the hand covering their face.
If he had put a happy emoji or excited emoji, people would know that he’s ready to start in December. But the emoji that he put has some thinking if he agrees with the decision or not. Either way, James and the Lakers will have to defend their title whenever the league decides to begin the 2020-21 season.