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NBA fans seem pretty happy they don’t have to play against LeBron James this postseason

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2016 NBA Finals - Game Five
A Golden State Warriors fan holds a sign that reads, “Most Valuable leBaby” with a picture of LeBron James prior to Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. LeBron would later win this game, and the next two, to take home the 2016 title.
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When the Lakers were eliminated from the 2021 NBA playoffs, a 15-year streak came to an end: There would be a completely new matchup in the NBA Finals:

So whoever ends up winning it all, it will be a team with a fanbase that isn’t used to the experience. And rather than a one-year aberration, some believe this has been a turning of the page in the NBA, at least according to our latest SB Nation reacts survey of fans around the league.

And hilariously, those same fans also seem to be awfully thrilled that their teams don’t have to go up against LeBron James and the Lakers. More than three-fourths of fans who were polled said the playoffs have been more compelling without James fighting for another championship.

And I know the question was whether or not the playoffs are more “compelling” without James, but it’s hard not to be amused by such an overwhelming positive response. Yes, I’m sure it’s just that people find the playoffs more “compelling,” and not the sigh of relief that their team doesn’t have to figure out a way to eliminate a healthy version of LeBron and the Lakers.

Certainly they were just riveted by the Suns vs. Nuggets sweep. Obviously.

But will this really be a changing of the guard, and does it mean more “compelling” LeBron-less future postseasons? Fans of 29 other teams certainly seem to be hoping so, but I would hazard a guess that we haven’t seen the last of the man who has owned the NBA for most of the last decade. Call it a hunch.

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