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LeBron James will not lag behind social media during the upcoming NBA playoffs.
After spending several seasons after social media eclipsed the stage of the season – which James himself called Zero Dark Thirty-23 – the Los Angeles Lakers star said on Tuesday that the world was going to go out too long before his team made the championship for Orlando, In Florida, the bubble. He mentioned the family connection and the “uncertainty of what 2020 brought.”
“It’s definitely going to have a different mindset, a different feeling,” James told reporters during a video conference. “I won’t turn off the phone during this run. I can’t allow it. I have to keep registering with my family every day. I can’t afford it, I’m just losing the direct connection. Contacting everyone.”
“I will be as closed as possible to the circumstances. I will not deceive my teammates, I will not deceive our fans and I will not deceive myself. I will be ready to go.”
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James said his mother Gloria will check on him often, and his wife Savannah and children – Bronny, Bryce and Zhuri – are active on social media and post funny videos about family time when James is not.
In previous playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, James gave up his social media from April to June and focused on the playoffs. However, in such circumstances, he was able to fly home and spend time with his family. If Los Angeles reaches the NBA Finals this year, James could look into the 3½ month period from them.
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When James left his family to begin an Lakers internship in early July, he lamented that he hated leaving his family so much that he felt he was “going to offer.”
“Communication can always be consistent, and management is always one, and I’ve always been in control,” James said on Tuesday. “But you can’t replicate your true presence when you wake up and are in the living room, whether you’re in the kitchen or outdoors, where you play with your kids or play with your daughter, play video games with your boys, or workout with your boys. You can’t repeat that. I’m not there.
“But Savannah is a beast in what it does: It controls the house and is that rock of our family. So I’m not worried about that. But you really have that missed factor when you miss your family, miss your kids and stuff like that. But I’m very I thank Steve Jobs and the Apple team for having FaceTime, because it’s a nice thing, especially at a time like this. “