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LeBron James salutes Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Pat Beverley after LA gets eliminated

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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is not partaking in postseason basketball for the first time since the 2004-05 season, which was his second in the league.

James, who just completed his 16th NBA season, is recovering from the most serious injury of his career and is looking to bring strong leadership to a Lakers team that seems to lack stability in its administration.

Despite the state of flux within the organization, James is still plenty busy this offseason what with the filming of Space Jam 2, which notably does not include Giannis Antetokounmpo at this juncture, as well as his continued support of his future NBA player son Bronny James Jr.

King James is also plenty active on social media, as his “Zero Dark 23” mode did not need to be activated due to his team missing the playoffs. On Saturday morning, James shouted out Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley of the Los Angeles Clippers after they fought hard but were ultimately defeated by the heavily-favored Golden State Warriors in the teams’ first-round playoff matchup:

After shocking the Warriors not once but twice with well-earned victories, the talent level of the two-time defending champions just proved too much for the Clippers to overcome again, as Kevin Durant erupted again in Game 6 for a ridiculous 50 points on 15-of-26 shooting.

Doc Rivers’ team defied odds time and again throughout the regular season, and endeared itself to a national audience in the playoffs with one of the grittiest series-long performances in recent memory. Needless to say, Los Angeles will be back next season – and if the team strikes big in free agency, will surely be better than ever.