Lakers Star LeBron James Delivers Powerful Message On Nuggets After Sweep
May 23, 2023
The Los Angeles Lakers met a tough one in the postseason. They were able to beat the defending champions, but couldn’t get past the team led by two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets eliminated LeBron James and his Lakers teammates from the postseason and it was ugly. Well, LeBron has nothing but great words for his opponents. He recognizes greatness, and to be honest, Denver has a lot of great guys on the squad.
“Me and AD were just talking in the locker room for a little bit. I think we came to the consensus, this is if not, one of the best teams, if not the best team, we’ve played together for all four years,” LeBron said following the game. “Just well orchestrated, well put together. They have scoring. They have shooting. They have play-making. They have smarts. They have length. They have depth.”
The Lakers had a really good chance to win the fourth game of the series, but it didn’t happen. Denver had a 2-point lead at the end of the game and LA lost the chance to win a title.
“For me, it’s just a mindset. Train the mind, the body will fall where it may and take care of the rest,” LeBron added. “Knowing we were coming into a game where I may have to play the full game, that’s just my mindset. Wasn’t able to come through, and wasn’t able to get the win.”
LeBron and the Lakers faced a fearless Nuggets leader
Jokic won two NBA MVP titles so far and he was spectacular on the field throughout the entire season and the postseason. His triple-doubles destroyed the Lakers and LeBron respects the effort and the aggressiveness Jokic had on the floor.
“One thing about their team, when you have a guy like Jokic, who as big as he is but also as cerebral as he is, you can’t really make many mistakes versus a guy like that,” LeBron said. “And even when you guard him for one of the best possessions that you think you can guard him, he puts the ball behind his head Larry Bird style and shoots it 50 feet in the air and it goes in, like he did four or five times this series. So you do like this to him [tipping cap].”
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.