Widespread skepticism that LeBron James will actually retire

Widespread skepticism that LeBron James will actually retire

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Widespread skepticism that LeBron James will actually retire

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All while LeBron James’ first flirtation with retirement came as a surprise to many Los Angeles staffers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Alas, there’s widespread skepticism that James will truly hang up his signature sneakers before a two-year, $97 million contract extension has yet to begin.
Source: Jake Fischer @ Yahoo! Sports

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ric Bucher @RicBucher
Why LeBron Did What He Did and Said What He Said shows.acast.com/bucher-and-fri… via @acast – 6:28 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
I’ll keep it simple. As far as Crazy LeBron trades.
Bronny is in his first year at USC. Bryce will be playing varsity for Sierra Canyon. LeBron is not going to want to miss that. Conversation over. – 5:50 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Crazy 2024:
LeBron NBA Finals
Bronny Pac 12 Title
Bryce Southern Section HS Title – 1:41 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Top 4 — Playoff Edition:
Jayson Tatum
LeBron James
Steph Curry
Anthony Davis
Guess the stat. pic.twitter.com/TIL9b2rIpH12:50 PM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LeBron controls the media narrative. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s been doing it for 20 years. He’s not retiring. He’s gearing up for his best last chance to win Ring No. 5. – 12:16 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
These wild trade ideas for LeBron to Golden State. Each worse than the last. – 11:52 AM
Jokic’s true shooting percentage dropped from 70% to 62% in the playoffs.
That’s still higher than Jimmy, LeBron and Tatum 😳 pic.twitter.com/HW0ncZtUvf11:06 AM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
IMO, Father Time has been defeated over and over again. With Rafa Nadal missing the French Open for the first time since 2004 and LeBron James teasing the possible end of his career at 38, I shared why they’re perfect examples of why that’s the case:
thesportstudent.substack.com/p/father-time-…10:50 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
PBT Podcast: Nuggets advance, LeBron talks retirement, coaching carousel
nba.nbcsports.com/2023/05/25/pbt…9:35 AM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
And ICYMI: New Lowe Post podcast digging into all things Heat-Celtics w/ @kirkgoldsberry, + initial thoughts on Denver’s half-decade journey to the Finals. Then @mcten on LeBron’s state of mind and Lakers future:
Spotify: spoti.fi/3BWKXzD
Apple: apple.co/43r1fw79:17 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Link to ‘Lakers Talk’ from tonight…
-Was this a successful season?
-Was Lebron sending a message to the Front Office?
-Run it back or make changes?
Guest: @WindhorstESPN
espn.com/radio/play/_/i…1:52 AM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
“You can’t be scared of defending anyone in the NBA..”
-Dyson Daniels on guarding LeBron, Luka, Booker and others in his rookie season with the Pelicans.
pic.twitter.com/0ZYVgnPIqy10:14 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Just recorded Thursday’s episode of Beyond The Arc with @loganmmurdock!
We discussed the Heat-Celtics series, whether the Nuggets will beat either of them, and I asked him if my LeBron-to-Warriors idea is crazy.
That’ll air on @FanDuelTV at 9AM ET/6 AM PT. Set your DVR now! 😎 – 8:12 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
New @ESPNAusNZ: Dyson Daniels’ intro to the league moment: An early season road matchup against the Lakers that saw the 19-year-old guard LeBron James, before it ultimately ended in his first tough NBA moment. Daniels recalls that night in LA.
espn.com.au/nba/story/_/id…7:34 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I took a stab at ranking the top 10 players in the NBA with most of the playoffs now behind us. Go nuts, QTers
1. Nikola Jokic
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
3. Stephen Curry
4. Luka Doncic
5. Kevin Durant
6. Joel Embiid
7. Jimmy Butler
8. Devin Booker
9. Jayson Tatum
10. LeBron James – 6:39 PM
Rob Mahoney @RobMahoney
New Group Chat on the Celtics actually showing up for Game 4, where the Heat might be tested, what to make of LeBron weighing his options, and—by sheer force of will from me and Wos—as much Nuggets talk as we could shoehorn in: open.spotify.com/episode/5wt9Rs…5:57 PM
LeBron James retirement rumors: Three reasons it’s extremely unlikely Lakers star will walk away from NBA
By: @therealmikekb
cbssports.com/nba/news/lebro…5:35 PM
3 reasons it’s extremely unlikely LeBron James will actually walk away from the NBA
by @therealmikekb
cbssports.com/nba/news/lebro…5:23 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
🗣NEW @HardwoodKnocks
—Nikola Jokic/Nuggets (2:59)
—Celtics (21:09)
—Heat (34:40)
—Bucks (46:36)
—LeBron (52:39)
—Lakers (59:40)
—Melo (1:14:03)
FULL BREAKDOWN⬇️ pic.twitter.com/SovIeExENb5:19 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
I love how nobody is taking the LeBron retirement thing seriously at all. He said what he said the other night and the entire NBA world collectively went “Yeah, for sure, dude, totally.” – 5:10 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“He’s still a brilliant basketball player..who wouldn’t want that on their team?”
As LeBron James debates his future, @TheFrankIsola & @whitemamba look at LeBron’s future and why he may have made the comments he did after they were eliminated
#LakeShow | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/8oRj6aLsYH5:04 PM

Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Latest @BleacherReport
What Are Los Angeles Lakers Options If LeBron James Really Does Retire?
bleacherreport.com/articles/10077…4:41 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Potentially going from Boardwalk to Baltic Avenue isn’t something Buss or the other Lakers stakeholders are anxious to return to.
And LeBron James knows this. sports.yahoo.com/if-you-think-l…4:38 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
New Lowe Post podcast: On Denver’s five-year arc to this point and Boston’s Game 4 win w/ @kirkgoldsberry, then @mcten on the scene when LeBron hinted at retirement, and what’s next for the Lakers:
Spotify: spoti.fi/3BWKXzD
Apple: apple.co/43r1fw74:33 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Joined @ColinCowherd on @TheHerd yesterday to talk LeBron, Nuggets rise, the criticism of Joe Mazzulla and more youtube.com/watch?v=KcGZB7…4:01 PM

More on this storyline

Steph Curry is the greatest 3-point shooter in NBA history, but to some, he’s much more than that. Denver Nuggets star guard Jamal Murray was asked who his top-five all-time players are, and Curry made the cut alongside several other NBA greats. -via NBC Sports / May 25, 2023
Michal Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and the late Kobe Bryant were the three retired basketball legends on Murray’s elite list. Meanwhile, Curry and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James are the other two players on the list that are still in the league. -via NBC Sports / May 25, 2023
Dave McMenamin: Putting LAL-DEN Game 4 to bed, the league’s Last Two Minute Report found that Jamal Murray’s defense on LeBron James’ last drive and shot attempt was a correct no call. “Marginal body contact occurs,” the report stated. However, the sidelines out of bounds call with 56.7 seconds remaining when the possession was originally awarded to LAL, then switched to DEN leading to Nikola Jokic’s game-winning bucket, was deemed an incorrect call. The ball went off Murray’s hand, according to the L2M. -via Twitter @mcten / May 25, 2023

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