LeBron James getting smashed by the Phoenix Suns does NOT affect his legacy ... so says Ohio governor John Kasich, who tells TMZ Sports the Lakers star is still "the king."
Kasich was candid with our photog out in Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon ... explaining this week's Lakers playoff exit means NOTHING for Bron.
"He's the greatest, you know," Kasich said. "He's the king."
Kasich went on to say the first-round bouncing doesn't affect James' claim to "G.O.A.T." status over Michael Jordan either.
In fact, Kasich tells us LeBron's window for winning titles is still WIDE open!
"He's not done yet," the 69-year-old politician said. "Nope, not yet."
As for what needs to change next year ... Kasich stated the obvious -- Anthony Davis needs to get healthy, and the Lakers need to get those two more help.
Damian Lillard, you listenin'???