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RUMOR: The real reason LeBron James is pushing for 2019-20 season to resume

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has a lot riding on the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season, as one of the main advocates to finish out a campaign that was 75% completed before it came to a halt on March 11.

The recent release of ESPN’s docuseries “The Last Dance” once again brought his greatest all-time rival back to the forefront, even if they never played together in the league.

Michael Jordan reminded viewers of his greatness, one many league executives doubt James can overcome just yet, even if he wins his fourth title this season with the Lakers:

“He definitely makes up ground, but is anyone going to say he’s better? No, not yet,” a Western Conference executive told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “He’s going to have to get to five at least.”

While most executives agree with this sentiment, another said he already would put James ahead of Jordan and another executive said winning his fourth would put James over the top, noting his legacy is riding on this opportunity:

“LeBron is going to make sure those games [in Orlando] are played, because he knows they could have a huge impact on his legacy,” said an Eastern Conference executive. “He knows picking up one or two more titles is the potential tipping point, and he’s determined to go for it.”

Not getting the chance to make a run at his fourth title means another lost opportunity — and after failing six times in his nine trips to The Finals, James is running out of chances.

He’s in his 17th season and one could guess there won’t be many more in his career to have a realistic shot at adding to his hardware.