‘I Get PTSD’: LeBron James Reveals He Would Retire Than Play for Orlando Magic

Published 05/30/2021, 12:57 AM EDT
May 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the fourth quarter of game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


There is bad news for the Central Florida Club, as LeBron James has made it crystal clear that he would never be enticed enough to play for them. For the league’s biggest star to say that must be heartbreaking for the Orlando Magic Fans. So, what made LeBron say something so harsh?

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What was the Orlando Bubble?

The COVID-19 pandemic, that caused wreckage in the entire world in 2020, also had a devastating impact on sports. Many games, matches, and events were cancelled in light of the situation.

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However, the NBA, which was also close to completely calling off the 2019-20 season, had another idea in mind.

Adam Silver, along with other executives of the NBA, decided to take the season ahead by hosting the rest of the games along with the playoffs, in Disney World, Orlando. While this seemed like a wild idea at first, with proper rules and regulations, it was actually made possible.

Players had to remain isolated from the rest of the world, maintaining complete social distancing norms. It was only later in the postseason that they were allowed to bring in close friends and relatives inside the Orlando Bubble.

In fact, teams that went deeper into the postseason had to stay longer than others. So, since the Los Angeles Lakers won the championship, LeBron and Co. had to stay the longest.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) holds up four fingers after winning his fourth NBA championship after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

They had arrived from between mid and late July and left by October. During their time there, a lot of talk about the toll it was taking on players mentally was making rounds. Being completely away from loved ones for this long was certainly an unpleasant and new experience. No wonder, LeBron showed such resentment for Orlando.

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LeBron James’ utter disdain for the Orlando Bubble

In another episode of ‘The Shop’ by HBO, James looked disgusted just at the thought of Orlando. When part-time wrestler and rapper, Bad Bunny, confessed that he had shifted to Orlando to train for three months, James jokingly claimed that he would much rather see retirement than be there again.

LeBron even stated, “That’s part of the reason I haven’t taken my daughter to Disney world. You got to understand that every time I hear Orlando, I get PTSD.”

When asked if Orlando has a chance of free agency, Bron blatantly denied it.

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This isn’t a surprise because time and again, LBJ has spoken up about his displeasure of being in the Bubble. In fact, he wasn’t the only NBA star against the idea as there were also some players who looked at this entire ordeal positively. What are your thoughts on this topic of discussion?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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