NBA Rumor: LeBron James Retirement?
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Clutch Points: “I know for sure. I can play a couple more years… Try to compete for championships, that’s something I feel like I can still do for any group of guys, for any franchise I can go out there and still help win multiple championships.” – LeBron James 👀 pic.twitter.com/3Ev1JblvBY
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LeBron James wants to play into 40s alongside both sons
Despite being one of the league’s elder statesman, there doesn’t appear to be any slowing down for LeBron James anytime soon. LeBron has repeatedly voiced his desire to play with his older son, Bronny, but now James is voicing his desire to play alongside younger son Bryce as well. “I like to throw things out in the airwaves, but I’m not one to [say] what’s going to happen in the next two to three years,” LeBron told Sports Illustrated. “I am a visionary, but I’m also a guy that lives in the moment. I’d definitely be looking at who got first-round picks in 2024, 2025, things of that nature; 2026, ’27. I pay attention to that type of stuff.”
When asked specifically if he could see himself playing not just with Bronny, but also with Bryce, James made it clear that it’s something he’s thought about—depending on how his body and mind feel. “I feel like I could play for quite a while. So it’s all up to the body, but more importantly, my mind,” LeBron told SI. “If my mind can stay sharp and fresh and motivated, then the sky’s not even the limit for me. I can go beyond that. But we shall see.”
During a Twitter Q&A on Monday initiated by LeBron, the 18-time All-Star was asked by one of his followers how many more years he’ll continue to play. LeBron didn’t divulge any specifics in his answer, but did hint that he’s nowhere close to being done. “The way I feel, I can go on for a min to be honest,” James wrote. “It’s really up to me and my mental staying fresh/sharp! I’m still psycho driven!”
It is well known that LeBron wants to play with his oldest son Bronny, a rising senior in high school. Assuming that Bronny will be a one-and-done college player, LeBron will have to play at least three more seasons. LeBron reaffirmed his plans to play with Bronny during the Q&A as well. Pentrilx: you 100% plan on playing with bronny? LeBron James: That’s the plan! God willing.
Mike Trudell: LeBron: “I don’t have a cap on how long I want to play.” He said it depends upon health, but: “I can still produce at a high level, as I showed this year.”
LeBron James: I'll continue to be the ambassador of the league until I'm done playing
Carrying the torch of what the NBA is currently and aims to be in the future is almost as tough a task as saving a franchise, or resurrecting one, or assimilating into one — and James has done all three while being “That Guy.” “I’ve held that title of ambassador,” James said. “Nobody told me to do it, but I felt like if I wasn’t gonna do it, who was gonna do it? So I took that responsibility, and I’ll continue to do it till I’m done playing the game.”
“It’s a responsibility for sure,” James said. “Somebody did it before me. And putting it in a position to [keep] it where it was and make it better than it was. Represent the league with the utmost respect. There’s so many generations that look for inspiration. And it’s always cool to see guys who come into our league, and he said, favorite player growing up is LeBron James. That means something to me, because I feel like [it] has so much more to do than just playing the game of basketball.”
Adam Silver: I'm not prepared to talk about the post-LeBron era
“I want to be absolutely clear. I am not prepared to talk about the post-LeBron era,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Yahoo Sports recently. “And I don’t think it’s because I’m in denial. He won a championship less than a year and a half ago. From my standpoint, LeBron is still playing at the very highest level in the league. “At some point, a new player or players will emerge, I think, [to] take that leadership mantle in the league. It seems they always do. I’m just not prepared, even in the slightest, to start thinking about the league without LeBron, because he continues to be as committed as ever to the competition, to the league overall.”
LeBron James: My last year will be played with Bronny
LeBron James’ message to all 30 teams Saturday was clear: If you want me, draft Bronny. “My last year will be played with my son,” James said. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”
LeBron James on retirement after reaching 36,000 career points: “When that time comes, I’ll be OK with it”
After Los Angeles’ much-needed win vs. Houston, LeBron was asked when he might hang up the Nikes and retire. His answer: “I know I’m on the other side of the hill, compared to the hill I was on before. I know that. But, I mean, I’ve thought about it — where I’m at with it. I’m still playing at such a high level, I haven’t given it too much thought. But I’m in Year 19 and I’m not gonna do another 19. So I’m definitely not halfway in my career. I’m on the other side of the hill. So, we’ll see where the game takes me. We’ll see where my body takes me and my mind. As long as my mind stays fresh and my body stays with that, I can play the game. But, in the end, the game will tell you. Your body will tell you. Your mind will tell you. I’ve put in enough hours and punched enough clocks where, when that time comes, I’ll be OK with it.”
Mike Trudell: Asked about watching his son play in Saturday’s showcase, LeBron said he still thinks about playing w/him one day. He said Bronny’s dream is to play in NBA: “He has my support and my blueprint. With health and a little bit of luck, that would be the ultimate thing.”
LeBron James hopes to retire a Laker
On a recent edition of the “Smartless,” podcast, James’ legendary father said he hopes to retire as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. “I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers,” James said on the podcast, according to CBS Sports. “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something … It’s like me being in ‘Space Jam’ — I never thought it would be possible. You think about Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), and Magic (Johnson), and Wilt (Chamberlin), and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe (Bryant), (Shaquille O’Neal) and all of them. The whole list goes on.”
There’s a reason you’re reading about so many Lakers possibilities these days — with our Shams Charania’s Sunday report revealing the latest — and it has everything to do with the internal urgency that is driving their movements at the moment. Never mind that the people closest to him can envision him playing past his 40th birthday, or that he still has two seasons left on his current contract, the harsh truth is that James won’t be an MVP-caliber player forever.
LeBron James: I hope I can finish my career with the Lakers
During an appearance on the “Smartless” podcast where James was promoting his new movie, “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” LeBron James, four-time NBA champion shared his love for the city of L.A. as well as the Lakers organization. “I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers,” James said.
LeBron James: “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something … It’s like me being in “Space Jam” — I never thought it would be possible. You think about Kareem, and Magic, and Wilt, and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe, Shaq and all of them. The whole list goes on.”
While predicting the future can be rather pointless work, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss is willing to keep Bron however long he wants to play whether it’s two more years or 7. Here’s what she said in a chat with ESPN: “It is like a really good match. We want him to stay around as long as he wants to stay around. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played till he was 42. LeBron said something the other day how he probably won’t play when he’s 46. So maybe somewhere between now and 46, so another 10 years, whatever he wants to do. We love having him, I have to say he drafted a really good All-Star team yesterday. He knows basketball, he’s competitive. We’re having a lot of fun having him around, the one thing that’s missing are the fans.”
Mark Medina: LeBron James asked if it’s a goal to play with his son, Bronny, in the NBA: “That’s definitely one of my goals, but that’s a long-term goal. My son right now is in high school and enjoying what being a teenager is all about. But that would be pretty cool to go on my resume.”
Danny Green, James’ teammates on the newly-minted NBA champion Lakers, believes it could happen, but wonders what kind of physical condition James will be in at that point. “I think he would love to,” Green said in a phone interview to announce The Battle Basketball Showcase on November 20th & 21st at the Allen Event Center in Dallas that will feature Bronny James and Sierra Canyon against Emoni Bates and Ypsi Prep (MI).
“I don’t know if his body will hold up for another three years. I don’t think he wants to play in the NBA and not be able to play at the level that he’s playing at right now. And I think three years from now it will be tough. The way he ‘s going, I would assume most people are a shell of themselves 20 years later.
Kyle Goon: LeBron says of considering retirement: “Me and Tom Brady are one and the same. We’re gonna play until we can’t walk no more.” He says he wants to play until he physically can’t, or until he mentally is checking out. But says LeBron: “I’m not at the end of my story.” pic.twitter.com/i00feTicrL
“I got a lot more game to play. I got a lot. A ton more years to play this game and suit up and be in a Lakers uniform. Once we get to that point, we’ll cross that path. Hopefully I can sit up here and answer questions as a player for a long time.”
Jovan Buha: LeBron James told @tferriss he wants to see the floor with Bronny, meaning he’d play in the league for at least another 5-6 years (via The Tim Ferriss Show podcast): bit.ly/2TOvHgV
In a preview for the second episode of LeBron’s HBO series, The Shop, the Lakers star shared a discussion with rapper Drake about knowing when to call it quits. Drake said that the dilemma was the biggest concern of his career, which led to some key advice from LeBron. LeBron shared a clip of the conversation on Instagram. (NSFW language)
Drake said: “I think maybe one of my biggest concerns in my career is just to figure out how to exit gracefully. I’ve watched people overstay their welcome, and I just don’t ever want to be that guy that’s addicted to the feeling of victory, addicted to the emotion of people digesting something that they love. And get to a point where I’m feeding them something and they’re just like, ‘Yeah ….” To which LeBron responded: “What helps with the gracefully bowing out is having people around you that were there from the Day 1. That seen you from the beginning … You can’t have mother(expletive) around you that don’t keep it honest with you, that don’t keep it real with you. You gotta have someone to tell you like, ‘Yo, either accept a lesser role or you gotta tank.'”
“I think later on in my 30s,” James, 31, said of when he will start thinking about hanging it up. “It’s kind of up to my kids, really. I’ve missed so much of my kids’ tournaments and things of that nature when I’m playing. So, it’s kind of up to them. They’ll let me know when they’re tired of seeing me go away.” James and his wife, Savannah, have three children: LeBron Jr. (11 years old), Bryce (8) and Zhuri (1 1/2).
While James has been able to stay a dominant player for well over a decade, he sees advancements in medical technology and nutrition programs allowing players to extend their careers longer than ever before. “I think with the science and the research and the ability to have multiple trainers and things of that nature and also guys taking the individual account of their own bodies, guys are able to play into their late 30s and some into their 40s as you’re seeing today,” James said. “You got Andre Miller, you got Timmy D (Tim Duncan) who are playing into their 40s. And I played with Ray Allen late in his 30s … (Guys are) playing into their late 30s because of the technology and also guys are taking care of their body and understanding, ‘Yeah, we can play beyond what the expectancy is of our sport.’ So, I think it’s a pretty cool thing. We got guys that are 36 on our team and you look at RJ (Richard Jefferson), he is in better shape than anyone on our team. And you got James Jones as well. So, I think it’s been great to be around guys like that.”
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Blazers could shut Damian Lillard down for season
Shams Charania: Sources: The Portland Trail Blazers are leaning toward shutting down All-Star Damian Lillard for the season’s final nine games. The franchise is seriously considering taking precautions as Lillard deals with calf injury and the team is 3.5 games out of Play-In Tournament race.
Luka Doncic on recent play: 'I'm just being out there. I used to have fun'
“Yeah, it’s really frustrating,” Dončić said in the postgame news conference. “I think you can see it with me on the court. Sometimes I don’t feel it’s me. I’m just being out there. I used to have fun, smiling on the court, but it’s just been frustrating…”
De'Aaron Fox on college basketball: 'I can't watch a full college game'
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Anthony Chiang: Udonis Haslem jersey on every seat in Section 305 tonight. pic.twitter.com/mFbCWacmnl
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DeMar DeRozan on quad injury: As long as we don't go in a double, triple or quadruple overtime I should be fine
Darnell Mayberry: DeMar DeRozan says he’s quad strain is fine and expects to play in the Bulls’ back-to-back against the Lakers and Clippers. “I think I’m going to be fine,” he said. “As long as we don’t go in a double or triple or even quadruple overtime I should be fine.”
Austin Reaves talked about the most influential guys he had an opportunity to play with in Los Angeles. Rajon Rondo’s name was quickly pointed out loud. “I learned the most from Rondo. … I was always in his ear, asking questions,” Reaves underlined. “It got to a point where I was asking him so many questions where I was like, damn, if was him, I would be annoyed. I told him, ‘If I ever ask you a question and you don’t wanna answer, just tell me to f**k off.’ Simple.”