LeBron will convince brass that Kyrie is the answer, Front Office will buy it as D'Angelo Russell played terribly– but it won't work. When Nuggets again defeat Lakers (May 2024), result will be the same (no sweep). Lakers will manage 2 wins with Kyrie.

LeBron was committed to play with son, but playing past the point when he is not included in 'Finals discussion' is intolerable situation for him. LeBron already knows it's already over, but has not accepted yet. One more year for it to really sink in.

when he was walking into the tunnel post Game 1, silently mouthing "Oh My God".. he understood. Lakers scored 126 on the road, and Anthony Davis scored 40 pts, and they still lost. If you play your best and still lose, it is only downhill from there.