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NBA bubble fatigue: LeBron James would rather retire than play for Orlando Magic

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LeBron James is done with Orlando, so much so that he would rather retire than play for the Magic.

In a tongue-in-cheek segment during HBO's "The Shop: Uninterrupted," the Lakers star forward joked about his disdain for the city, blaming last year's NBA bubble that took place at a sporting complex in the Orlando suburb of Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

"That’s part of the reason I haven’t taken my daughter to Disney World," James said during the segment in between laughs. "You got to understand, any time I hear Orlando right now, I get PTSD. I was in the bubble for 95 (days)."

James was then cut off and asked if Orlando would have a shot to sign him during free agency.

"They have no chance," he responded, drawing laughter from the other participants, including musicians Jay-Z and Bad Bunny.

Lakers forward LeBron James pleads his case to referee Josh Tiven (58) during the play-in game against the Warriors at Staples Center.
Lakers forward LeBron James pleads his case to referee Josh Tiven (58) during the play-in game against the Warriors at Staples Center.

James was then asked about if he got traded to the Magic.

"I'm not going," he said. "’I'm just retiring and it’s over with. 'Bron has been traded to Orlando. LeBron lives in Malibu. He’s not going.' "

The Lakers won last year's NBA Finals held at the end of September and beginning of October, beating the Miami Heat in six games.

James won his fourth career NBA Finals MVP award after he averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists during the series.

The good news for James is that, now in his 17th season in the league and remaining one of the NBA's top players, there's just about next-to-no chance that Los Angeles deals him anywhere. Even to Orlando.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lakers star LeBron James would rather retire than play for Magic