The Los Angeles Lakers will not be heading to the postseason, and Sunday afternoon's crushing loss to the lowly New York Knicks is just one of the many reasons why. In the final seconds of the 124-123 loss, which sealed a surprising season sweep for New York over Los Angeles, Lakers superstar forward LeBron James had his shot blocked by Knicks swingman Mario Hezonja, which of course quickly became a topic of discussion during the post-game interviews.

However, James did not shy away from the Hezonja-related questions and even credited his opponent for the quality defensive play.

James also made a point to note that a long offseason will actually be beneficial for both him and the Lakers. Of course, after reaching eight consecutive NBA Finals, James has not had an elongated offseason in quite some time.

“Absolutely, said James, via Harrison Faigen of SB Nation. “I've thought about how my summer is going to be. It's unfortunate that we're so far out of the postseason right now that it's looking like we won't be part of it. I would say the first thing that comes to mind is just taking care of my body. I've played a lot of basketball, played a lot of minutes over my 16-year career, so getting a couple more months to take care of my body and refresh my mind and my body is going to be very key going into my 17th year. So, [I'm] looking forward to that.”

James notably missed 17 games earlier in the year due to injury, leading in part to the Lakers' disappointing play this season.