‘Had to Switch Up a Lot of Things’: Lakers’ LeBron James Reveals How His Family Was Affected by Shorter Offseason

Published 12/15/2020, 6:45 AM EST
PHOENIX – FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Lebron James and his mom attend Sprite’s 3rd Annual Jay-Z And Lebron James “Two Kings” Dinner & After Party (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)


The 2020-21 NBA season will begin on December 22, with the smallest offseason in NBA history. For NBA players, this could cause problems, as this is the only time they have to rest themselves. LeBron James was among the prominent names who were strongly against starting the season so soon.

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While healing is a major issue but there is something else that the players were looking up to- spending some quality time with their families on Christmas. James opened up about this in an interview.

Just being completely honest, I wasn’t expecting that because early conversations were going on and I was hearing that there would be kind of a mid-January start and training camp would kind of start after Christmas.

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James wasn’t a part of the Lakers’ rotation in the pre-season as well. These extra days can help the king to heal his body and give his 100% at the beginning of the season.

We would have an opportunity to spend Christmas with our families. So, I had a break planned, a vacation with my family for us to go somewhere, which I haven’t been able to do, obviously, since I’ve been in the league. So, I had to switch up a lot of things once I heard the December 22nd start and with training camp starting, obviously, this week.”

Spending festivals with their families is something that NBA players cannot do much. But this year, they could have spent it with them, if the NBA offseason would have been extended for a little while.

What’s next for LeBron James?

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Dec 13, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and forward LeBron James (23) watch game action against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Well, whatever be the case, the league could not have put the season on hold for much longer. They had already lost a lot of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need to make up for it this year.

As far as LeBron James’ next goal is considered, he delivered the championship he promised to the LakerNation. Next up is to make his legacy with one of the best franchises in NBA history.

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If LBJ can deliver a couple more championship rings to the franchise, he will be forever remembered as one of the best Lakers player. What are your expectations from LBJ this season?

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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