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However, the Los Angeles Lakers star said that he would have "some satisfaction" with what the team accomplished before the season was suspended

By Ashley Boucher
April 09, 2020 10:11 PM
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LeBron James is still holding out hope that the NBA season will resume so that he can find “closure.”

Nearly one month after it was announced that the 2020 season would be suspended due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the future of this year’s NBA season remains up in the air.

James — who had propelled the Los Angeles Lakers to lead the Western Conference before the season’s pause — opened up this week about the possibility of not being able to return to the basketball court in 2020.

“I don’t think I’ll be able to have any closure if we do not have an opportunity to finish this season,” the star said in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

But although he might not find closure without the remainder of the season, James said that he will be able to look back on games the Lakers did play with pride and “some satisfaction.”

“I will have some satisfaction, like I said, on just being with my brothers, being with my guys, thinking about some of the road trips that we had,” he told SI. “Thinking about some of the games that we lost, thinking about some of the games that we won, some of the games that we overcame.”

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“And then everything that we’ve been going through this season, just the ups and downs — not only on the floor, but also off the floor,” the athlete continued. “Everything that we’ve had to endure as the Laker faithful and us as players and the coaching staff and the organization, it’s been so much.”

“So, closure? No. But to be proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish to this point, I’ll be able to look back and be like, ‘OK, we did something special in that small period of time,'” he said.

And while sports leagues around the world are looking into resuming play without attendees, James has said repeatedly that he wouldn’t want to play games without fans in the stands. “I just don’t know how we can imagine a sporting event without fans. It’s just — it’s a weird dynamic,” he said on the Road Trippin’ Podcast last month.

But the athlete told SI he might be coming around to the idea if that means he can get back on the court.

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“Obviously the number one thing, like I said, is the safety and the well-being of all of us here in America first and getting this pandemic under control,” James told SI.

“If it comes to a point if we’re playing without our fans, we still know that we have Laker faithful with us in spirit,” he said. “We know they’ll be home cheering us on, online, on their phones, on their tablets watching us playing. So hopefully we can bottle that energy that we know we’re getting from them.”

James told PEOPLE on Monday that while in quarantine, he never goes a day without working out and that he’s remained in contact with his teammates and coaching staff while they are all apart.

Until the NBA returns, James is enjoying “rare” family time with his kids, Bronny, 15, Bryce, 12, and daughter Zhuri, 5, he told PEOPLE.

“This much family time for us is rare, so really just taking in this opportunity to be together every single day,” he added of life with wife Savannah.

As of Thursday, there are at least 455,019 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide, with 16,390 deaths related to the virus.

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