The “King” Dethroned: Lebron James and the Lakers Fail to Make the Playoffs


Mike Clarens, / Altered by Travis Lambert

Fans of LeBron have been surprised that his next acting role after “Space Jam 2” will be as Canio, the main character in the opera, “Pagliacci.” (Google it, kids!)

Is it time for the King to Retire?

Lebron James isn’t someone you’d usually associate with failure even if you don’t have a high opinion of him. But it appears the King has failed. Lebron James failed his fanbase and the Lakers this season. But the worst thing is, he failed himself. Called the “King” of the NBA, known for carrying nobody teams to the sky, James appears to have met his match in the Los Angeles Lakers, a team so weak that not even the so called King could help them. But the worst thing is, Lebron James has failed himself.

For 13 seasons, James has made it to the playoffs. 13 seasons. He went to the finals 8 years in a row. This season will reset both his streaks to zero. The Lakers are ending the season settling for 10th of the 15 teams in the Western Conference.

Fans are scratching their heads wondering, what on Earth happened this season? Let’s start with the most obvious issue. The Lakers have strong players individually like Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram. But they have no team chemistry. In a team of such young players, talent means nothing if they all want a piece of the glory. The Cleveland Cavaliers don’t have the best players by a far shot but they did know how to play together as a team. The Lakers do not have that. If Luke Walton and James can not develop a team chemistry between the players, the team won’t be able to go as far as they want.

Then there are the injuries. Lebron missed a month after his injury against the Warriors which drastically affected the Lakers. They struggled and lost to some of the weakest teams in the league like the Phoenix Suns. James returned for a few games here and there but his injury appeared to be worse than it had appeared before, affecting him greatly and constantly putting him on the bench. He could coach the team from the side during practices and from the bench but that was all.

The real question is, will this season be the end of King James’ reign? Some of the greats began their decline at around the age Lebron James is at right now. Michael Jordan retired twice, his second time at age 34, the same age James was this season. Shaquille O’Neal was 35 when he began his decline. Like James, Shaq jumped around teams a lot and played a significant role in those teams success. This just might be a sign that Lebron James should begin to think about his goodbye to the NBA.

This season proved a challenge for him. Never has he missed so many games in one season. James played 55 of the 82 regular season games, missing 27 because of his injuries. There’s a lot of reasons James should begin his preparations for retirement. Or more failure. 

What do you think? Is it time for Lebron James to start thinking about retiring? Leave a comment below!