Lakers’ LeBron James Draws Similarities Between Orlando Bubble and a ‘Haunted House’

Published 12/02/2020, 4:18 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after a play against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter in 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 SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The 2019-20 NBA season was different, to say the least. Amid the pandemic, the NBA stopped the season on March 11 and then restarted it on July 30 in the Orlando bubble. Champions Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James recently described his bubble experience.

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In a recent appearance on Road Trippin when asked about the bubble experience, LeBron said, “Well, it’s almost the same feeling when you first time go to a haunted house. You get excited with your friends, your friends are telling you how great it is and you get all juiced up. You really don’t realize how scary that s**t is until you get inside of that haunted house, and that’s what I compare to the bubble.”

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LeBron added, “We were all excited to get back; we were excited to be playing basketball again. I mean, we stopped playing in March so we were all excited. But you don’t really know what you’re getting yourself into until you get inside the bubble and they tell you that right there you cannot go outside that gate.

“You cannot go outside that line. If you go outside that gun line you will be on a 14-day quarantine and that is the last thing you want to be. You are already inside of a bubble, you’re inside of a line, you can’t go outside of the gates, you can’t do anything besides here and if they tell you to be inside your room for 14 days, that’s a killer.”

LeBron and the Lakers were crowned as the NBA champions as they defeated the Miami Heat in six games.

Will LeBron James win his fifth MVP award this season?

LeBron James is one of the best players in the NBA. He has been in the league for 18 years now and has shown no signs of slowing down. ‘The King’ and Anthony Davis might be the best duo in the NBA right now. But having a star partner has its perks and disadvantages. Davis and LeBron may win the championship, but either of them getting the MVP will take some monstrous statistics.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts while pushing his hip after a play against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Traditionally the MVP awards have been given to the players who are their team’s only star player. The MVP is one enormous star supported by other talented players. Not to take anything away from the other players. Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly dominated all the statistics. He was the best player in the Bucks.

But LBJ was dominant, too. Statistics alone may not present a clear picture. James’ contribution to the Lakers was on par with Giannis’ contribution to the Bucks. There has always been a debate over whether the stats are important or the impact on the floor.

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The King will surely challenge the Greek Freak this season as well. But with the monstrous performances the Greek puts up, it will take some solid work on LeBron’s part to outshine him.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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