LeBron James Says He’s Considering Retirement – LeBron James, the leading scorer in NBA history, announced on Monday that he is considering retirement. Following a remarkable 20-season career in the NBA, James expressed his thoughts about retiring after his team, the Los Angeles Lakers, suffered a sweeping defeat in the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets.
As the NBA’s highest scorer of all time, he acknowledged that he has a great deal to ponder when it comes to his future in basketball. “I don’t play for anything besides winning championships at this point in my career and I don’t get a kick out of making a conference appearance,” James, 38, said. “I’ve done it a lot. And it’s not fun to me to not be able to be a part of and, you know, get to the Finals. So, we’ll see.”
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“We’ll see what happens going forward, but I don’t know. I don’t know. I’ve got a lot to think about to be honest. And just for me personally going forward with the game of basketball, I’ve got a lot to think about.” When asked to clarify what he meant, according to ESPN, James said he’s going to consider “if I want to continue to play.”
In recent years, James has encountered various injuries that have significantly impacted his performance. These include an ankle injury in 2022 and a groin injury in 2019, both of which led to premature endings of his seasons. Despite pursuing his fifth NBA Championship this year, James persevered through the season while dealing with a right foot injury, which might necessitate surgery during the upcoming summer.
Despite this, the surefire NBA Hall of Famer helped the Lakers, the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, deep into the playoffs. “I knew I could get to the finish line,” James told ESPN. “Obviously, I knew I had to deal with it and deal with the pain or deal with not being able to be myself before the injury, but there was nothing that made me feel like I couldn’t get to the finish line.”
Even in the defeat on Monday night, James demonstrated his ability to dominate the game by scoring 40 points. This performance reaffirmed that he is still fully capable of exerting his influence on the court. Despite contemplating retirement, the 19-time NBA All-Star expressed his belief that he remains superior to the majority of players in the league, estimating himself to be better than “maybe 95” percent of them.
James, a distinguished athlete with four league MVP titles and two Olympic gold medals, has accomplished a great deal throughout his career. He is frequently regarded as one of the greatest athletes in history. Earlier this year, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA scoring record, marking an exceptional milestone. However, amidst his remarkable achievements, James still has one remaining aspiration: to play alongside his son, Bronny, in a professional basketball game.
Bronny, who is currently 18 years old, is a college basketball player at the University of Southern California, and he will become eligible for the NBA in 2024, presenting a potential opportunity for their dream to be realized. “I need to be on the floor with my boy, I got to be on the floor with Bronny,” James said then, adding, “Either in the same uniform or a matchup against him.”