Orlando Mayor Reacts to LeBron James’ Comments About Not Returning to the City After Bubble Experience

Published 05/30/2021, 6:41 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


Last year, the NBA staged the final eight games of the NBA regular season and the 2020 playoffs in Orlando. Due to the rise of the COVID pandemic, the league used Walt Disney World to host games. We knew it as the Orlando Bubble. The Los Angeles Lakers won the tournament, which was held in isolation, beating the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA finals. LeBron James and co finally brought the title home after a long gap, staying in the bubble for a long 82-day period.

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LeBron James revealed how he never wanted to go and live in Orlando again. Subsequently, the mayor of Orlando took banter to James in a recent Twitter post, stating otherwise.

LeBron James on not going back to Orlando

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Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer wanted Bron to visit Orlando as he wanted to show what the city was all about.

Even though the NBA players were in isolation, it must have been hard for them to not see their families for a long time. However, it was a sensible option for the season to resume under difficult circumstances. Some NBA players couldn’t handle it because staying in the bubble for a long time increased their anxiety, and made them lonely.

Despite that, James had an extravagant room inside Disney World.

Not bad for a room to be isolated in.

It had two TVs on the opposite side, as well as a wet bar which also included a mini-fridge. Although staying in isolation made him miss his family, winning the NBA title was a perfect testament to his hard work and determination. But the Orlando Mayor wanted LeBron to visit again as he wanted to show the different side of the city. Are there plans of bringing LeBron to Orlando?

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Will James sign for Magic?

Orlando Magic finished 14th in the NBA regular season with a win-loss record of 21-51. The side has been trying to get a superstar since Dwight Howard left the franchise. Even though the franchise is in tatters, we will always regard the city as one of the most sustainable cities in the USA. With Walt Disney home to 70 million tourists every year, the Orlando Magic might be a perfect destination for LeBron James.

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WESTWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: LeBron James and his family attend the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Smallfoot” at Regency Village Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/FilmMagic)

LeBron denied a move to Orlando as he may plan to retire in Los Angeles. James is a show-time player, and the Los Angeles outfit is suitable for his ambitions. With AD amongst the ranks, the Lakers are on their way to claim their second consecutive title.

With Orlando proving to be a suitable destination, we can fantasize it how the Akron Hammer would be in Orlando. The franchise needs to improve their squad if they are to receive James. But, it looks very unlikely, as he has set his heart in LA.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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