Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has recently spoken out regarding his team’s failure to qualify for this season’s playoffs.

According to the three-time NBA champion, he certainly had higher hopes when he signed with the Lakers last summer, and that missing out on the postseason is definitely not what he had in mind:

“It’s not what we signed up for, but throughout the year, things happen,” LeBron James said, per ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azerly. “Suspensions, injuries, things of that nature and us just not being able to play sustainable basketball for 48 minutes.”

While it was only after a 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday that they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, it had long been assumed that the Lakers were going to miss out on the postseason festivities.

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James went on to say that despite his track record, getting into the playoffs is never a foregone conclusion. Nonetheless, he also stated that he will not allow this season’s frustrations to detract him from his long-term goals with the Lakers:

“Playoffs are never promised, you gotta come out and work,” he added. “For me personally, I’ll just keep continue to put the work in, and see what you can to do to help.”

It’s definitely a terrible time to be a Lakers supporter right now. The only good news is that this season is quickly coming to a close, and a very busy and potentially franchise-altering summer is definitely something to look forward to.