“LeBron James was on a different mission”- Trae Young Explains Why he Picks Lakers to win the NBA Title

Published 04/05/2020, 3:16 AM EDT

The NBA season is in limbo due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Fans and players are unsure about a possible resumption. There have been debates over which of the teams was set to romp to the Championship. Trae Young named LeBron James as the one who he felt wanted the NBA Championship this year.  

“LeBron was on a different mission” – Trae Young

The 21-year-old appeared on an Instagram chat with former teammate Justin Anderson. He said, “Bron was on a different mission. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. That’s why he’s the greatest in my eyes.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers were on course for the top seed in the Western Conference. They led the conference on March 11th with a 49-14 record and a .778 win percentage. Kawhi Leonard’s second-placed LA Clippers were 5.5 games behind their city rivals. 

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The Lakers’ record was the league’s second-best. Only Milwaukee Bucks from the east had better numbers than the yellow and gold outfit. James, who celebrated his 35th birthday last December, was averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and a league-leading 10.6 assists each outing. 

He raised his game several notches after missing out on the playoffs last season. It was the first time since 2005 his season ended with the 82nd regular-season game. He was named Western Conference player of the week on three occasions. Additionally, the Los Angeles Lakers’ no. 23 was also the Western Conference player of the month for January and February. 

Can LeBron James compete for the NBA trophy?

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The 35-year-old will be raring to go. But there are major questions over the future of the season. Adam Silver remains keen to salvage some part of the season to check the extent of financial losses. Reports say the teams will be quarantined in Las Vegas with 2 arenas playing host to the playoffs. 

LeBron James will certainly hope for a resumption as he aims to join John Salley and Robert Horry as players to win NBA Championships with three different teams. He won with the Heat in 12’ and 13’  and the Cavaliers in 16’.

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Reubyn Coutinho

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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