James, a four-time NBA champion, was eliminated in the first round for the first time in 15 playoff appearances.
Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James remains a “championship pillar,” and general manager Rob Pelinka said Friday that the NBA team will do all possible to ensure he and Anthony Davis are at full strength next season.
The Phoenix Suns put an end to the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA title defence with a 113-100 victory on Thursday, winning their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series in six games.
The series loss, which came after a regular season in which James and Davis both battled injury and the Lakers had to play their way into the playoffs as the seventh seed, inevitably sparked speculation about how much longer the 36-year-old James will be the man to lead a franchise and whether he can still match legendary Michael Jordan’s six titles.
Pelinka, on the other hand, believes that James and Davis, if healthy, can lead the Lakers back to the top.
“For years to come, Anthony Davis and LeBron James will be championship pillars of this team,” Pelinka said.