LeBron James reacts to not facing Kawhi Leonard, Clippers
The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing for the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. Despite being two days removed from Game 7 of Clippers-Nuggets, fans and members of the media are still wondering what could’ve been if LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard faced off.
From the moment Leonard and Paul George agreed to join the Clippers, all signs pointed towards a Lakers-Clippers Western Conference Finals, and it was only further pushed when they finished with the top two seeds in the West. Both the Clippers and Lakers took a 3-1 lead over their second round opponents, but only one took care of business to advance.
During his media availability Thursday afternoon, LeBron James was asked about whether he was looking forward to the Clippers matchup and setting the debates before they were eliminated.
“Nah,” James said, shaking his head. “What were we settling?”
When asked about Game 7 between the Clippers and Nuggets, James says he was in full-scout mode.
“I really don’t have a comment about it,” LeBron James added. “I was just sitting back and watching the game from a fan’s perspective, watched big shots be made, big plays be made, missed shots, things of that nature, but also I was a scout. Scouting both teams at the same team. I was trying to get as many log-in minutes for myself scouting both teams at the same time because we knew Game 7 would decide who we’d play. That was kind of my mindset.”
LeBron James on Clippers/Nuggets Game 7 – “I really don’t have a comment about it. I was just watching the game from a fans perspective and scouting both teams at the same time.”
Any part of you wanted a chance to face them and settle it?
LBJ – “Nah. What were we settling?” pic.twitter.com/zi4VAC6o0q
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) September 17, 2020
James’ Lakers teammate, Kyle Kuzma, was also asked about the Clippers not making the Conference Finals despite the four incredible regular season matchups and all the anticipation coming into the postseason. He answered similarly to James.
“We’re not focused on the Clippers and we never really were, “Kuzma said. “It’s all about who’s in front of you. When you focus on other teams instead of taking care of your food, sh*t happens like that.”
“We’re not focused on the Clippers and we never really were. It’s all about who’s in front of you. When you focus on other teams instead of taking care of your food, sh*t happens like that.”
– Kyle Kuzma after the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets. pic.twitter.com/VPHn4ffjv5
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 17, 2020
Ultimately, the Lakers didn’t play with their food and reached the Conference Finals while the Clippers did not. LeBron James now has a chance to advance to his ninth NBA Finals in 10 years and possibly win his fourth NBA Championship.