After the Los Angeles Lakers season, LeBron James told reporters he wasn’t sure if he would continue his career.
Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday. That night marked the end of LeBron James’ 20th NBA season.
And it will probably affect his career as well.
After the game, James, 38, told reporters he had “a lot to think about” about his future basketball career. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenaminthe four-time MVP later admitted he had actually mentioned the possibility of retiring in the upcoming offseason.
After an already unprecedented 20 years in the league, James’ retirement this offseason comes as a bit of a surprise.Four-time NBA champion last offseason He signed a two-year extension with the Lakers.This keeps him under contract with the team until the 2023-24 season and includes a player option for the following year.
Additionally, James has repeatedly expressed a desire to play alongside his son, Bronnie James. He recently signed to spend college life with the University of Southern California. Following a freshman in the 2023-24 season, the young James will qualify for the 2024 NBA Draft — the same offseason his father will be next in free agency.
‘My last year will be playing with my son,’ says James told The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd during the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland last year.. “Where Bronnie is, that’s where I belong. I’m going to do whatever it takes to play with my son for a year. Money isn’t an issue at that point.”
But with Bronnie still a year away from potentially making the league, it’s possible the older James will play out or play in a shortened version of the 2023-24 season.
If James does retire, it would mark the end of one of the greatest careers in NBA history.Earlier this year, the 19-time All-Star from Akron became a league champion. all-time leading scorersurpassing the record previously held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
https://www.wfaa.com/article/sports/nba/lebron-james-consider-retiring-this-offseason/95-39f8251f-4770-41ce-a487-22af3797ed5d LeBron James says he will consider retirement this offseason