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LeBron James: I’d have no closure if NBA doesn’t finish season

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2020 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The NBA season, which has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, could be finished.

That doesn’t sit well with Lakers star LeBron James.

Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times:

No player has more stake in finishing the season than LeBron.

LeBron’s Lakers are a championship contender, and a title alone is fulfilling. For LeBron, it’s also a chance to build on his legacy, which already places him in the greatest-of-all-time conversation. He’s also in this year’s MVP debate, though almost certainly would need more time to catch Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 35-year-old LeBron won’t have many more opportunities like this. He already invested so much into this season.

It’s unclear when it’ll be safe to hold games. But whenever that it is, the NBA should resume with a lead-in then the playoffs for this season. The postseason is too lucrative to cancel. Even if it means disrupting future regular seasons, it’d be worth it.

Substantially restructuring the calendar would require negotiation between owners and players, but both sides are incentivized to maximize revenue. LeBron has influence, and could wield it to get the closure he wants. That’s even easier considering the money that’d come with holding the playoffs, which should entice every decision-maker.