Lebron James Says He 'May Not Have Any Closure' If NBA Season Is Canceled Because of Coronavirus Pandemic

LeBron James has admitted it would be hard to accept the NBA season not finishing as planned because of the coronavirus that has halted sport across the world.

Wednesday marked four weeks since the NBA halted the season on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first player to test positive for coronavirus.

While league commissioner Adam Silver said last month all options were on the table as far as the NBA resuming operations was concerned, James suggested the prospect of not completing the season would be difficult to digest from a personal standpoint.

"I don't know if I will be able to have any closure," he told reporters on a video conference call, per ESPN.

By the time the NBA was stopped on March 11, the Los Angeles Lakers were top of the Western Conference with 49 wins and 14 losses, the second-best record in the entire league behind only the Milwaukee Bucks.

After falling short of the postseason in James' first season in Los Angeles, the Lakers have secured a return to the playoffs for the first time in six years and the four-time MVP admitted he was surprised by the swift turnaround.

"I can have some satisfaction on what our team has been able to do this year, having a first-year coach, first-year system, a whole new coaching staff, bringing on so many new pieces to our team this year," James said.

"Doing the things that I honestly—like I told you guys all year—I honestly didn't think that we would be able to come together as fast as we did. I thought it would take us a lot longer than it did. But I was wrong. I was very wrong about that."

Whether the playoffs will be played at all remains to be seen. Should the coronavirus outbreak force the NBA to call the season off altogether, the Lakers, like the other teams nurturing title aspirations or already holding a playoff berth, would be left sorely disappointed.

For James and the Lakers the feeling would be magnified, given two months before the outbreak hit the U.S. the franchise had already experienced significant trauma following Kobe Bryant's tragic death.

"So, closure? No," the 35-year-old replied when asked whether there was anything he could salvage should the season end prematurely.

"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.'"

Earlier this week, Silver said the league will not decide on any possible resumption date until the beginning of next month at the earliest.

"Essentially what I've told my folks over the last week is we should just accept that at least for the month of April, we won't be in a position to make any decisions," he said in an interview with TNT's Ernie Johnson, which was broadcast on the NBA's Twitter page.

"I don't think that necessarily means that, on May 1, we will be [in that position], but at least I know that just to settle everyone down a little bit.

"It doesn't mean that, internally, both the league and discussions with our players and the teams we aren't looking at many different scenarios for restarting the season, but I think it honestly is just too early, given what's happened right now, to even be able to project or predict where we will be in a few weeks."

As of Thursday morning, almost 432,000 cases have been reported in the U.S., by far the highest tally in the world. Almost 15,000 deaths have been recorded in the U.S. and over 24,000 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

Over 89,700 people have died globally since the outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan, a city located in China's central Hubei province, late last year. There have been almost 1.5 million confirmed cases globally, with almost 337,000 recoveries.

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 3 in Los Angeles, California. Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty