Breaking News: Nuggets star Nikola Jokic did something fascinating as LeBron James Walks Off The Court Without Shaking Hands with him…

In a noteworthy display of sportsmanship, Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic made a notable gesture despite LeBron James’ departure from the court without exchanging handshakes with him, Jamal Murray, and other Nuggets players.

Following the Denver Nuggets’ hard-fought 108-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5, LeBron James notably left the court without engaging in the customary post-game handshake ritual with the victorious Nuggets players.

The act of shaking hands after a series is a longstanding tradition in the NBA, making James’ decision to forego it all the more notable. While some Lakers players, including Anthony Davis, did extend their respects to the Nuggets for their hard-earned win, James’ departure without acknowledgment drew attention.

While it’s understandable that James may have been disappointed by the outcome of yet another closely contested game, his failure to acknowledge the Nuggets’ victory has been met with criticism. Even in defeat, many argue, a display of sportsmanship and respect for the opponent is warranted. Kevin Durant’s recent example of embracing Anthony Edwards following a series loss serves as a poignant reminder of this sentiment.

This isn’t the first time James has opted not to engage in post-game handshakes after a series loss, as evidenced by his actions after being eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2021 playoffs.

Interestingly, in the past four years, James has only participated in post-series handshakes after a loss on one occasion, notably last year. Perhaps the back-to-back eliminations at the hands of the Nuggets proved too much for the veteran player.

Drawing comparisons between James and other basketball legends, particularly Michael Jordan, in terms of sportsmanship is inevitable. While Jordan famously embraced opponents even after playoff defeats, James’ actions have diverged from this precedent.

Turning to the game itself, LeBron James delivered a remarkable performance in a bid to keep the Lakers’ playoff hopes alive. Despite his efforts, including 30 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and 4 steals, the Lakers fell short, with Jamal Murray’s clutch shot sealing their fate.

As speculation swirls regarding James’ future with the Lakers, particularly given his player option for the 2024-25 season, the superstar remains tight-lipped on the subject. While questions loom about his potential free agency, many anticipate James will continue his tenure with the Lakers, despite the disappointments of recent playoff exits.

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