Things didn’t go according to plan for LeBron James this season. His team, the Los Angeles Lakers, were eliminated from the first round marking the first time that has ever happened to one of LeBron’s teams. Individually, another one of LeBron’s Lakers seasons was plagued with injury as he sprained his right ankle in the early months of 2021 only to return a mere week or so before the playoffs started. He ended up only playing 45 of the Lakers’ 72 regular season games this year, but that was enough to earn The King some awards as it has just been revealed by Inside the NBA that he was selected to the All-NBA Second Team for the 2020-21 season.
2020-21 All-NBA teams:
First: Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard
Second: Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, LeBron James
Third: Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Rudy Gobert, Jimmy Butler, Paul George
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2021
The honor will be the 17th All-NBA selection for LeBron James in 18 seasons played. It is his third Second Team selection in his career. Since joining the Lakers, James has been selected to an All-NBA third team in his first season which was also hampered by injury, and a First Team selection (the 13th of his career) during the 2019-20 championship season for the Lakers.
I’m sure the selection is another honor for LeBron in a career littered with them, but I’m also sure in the back of his mind he couldn’t care less about this award (just as he probably didn’t care about his Third Team selection in 2019 when his Lakers didn’t make the playoffs at all).
LeBron will spend the summer promoting his movie ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ while also rehabbing his ankle that was still nowhere near 100% before the Phoenix Suns eliminated the Lakers from the playoffs. After that, he, Anthony Davis, and the Lakers will re-tool in pursuit of the franchise’s 18th championship and LeBron’s fifth.