After the elimination of the Lakers, swept away Monday at home by Denver in the Western Conference final, LeBron James did not rule out that this game 4 against the Nuggets could well have been the last of his career.
Did LeBron James play Monday night against Denver the last game of his career? It is not impossible. The “King”, now 38 years old and who will be 39 at the very end of the year (Editor’s note: December 30), did not explicitly make it known, after the elimination of these Lakers who had very got off to a bad start to the season, had to play in the play-in but nevertheless managed to reach the Western Conference final. However, his words, as well as the great vagueness left to weigh about his future the superstar of the Los Angeles franchise, hot, when his team had just been swept away (4-0) by the Nuggets of a Nikola Jokic logically elected MVP of these conference finals, can suggest without perhaps being too mistaken that we will no longer see “King James” on the court.
“We will see, we will see…. I don’t know, I don’t know… Frankly, I have to think about a lot of things. Personally, I have to think about the future in basketball … I have to think about a lot of things, ”replied the quadruple NBA champion, landed in the biggest championship in the world in 2003, twenty years ago, after having been drafted first by Cleveland.
“Am I retiring? I have to think about it “
The native of Akron, whose contract in LA runs until 2025, could therefore not go through with his commitment, and give up trying to get a fifth ring. ESPN tried to find out Monday night, clearly asking the Lakers number 6 whether or not he was going to retire. For there again, the same answer, which can let think of all the eventualities: “I have to think about it”. In his reflection, James will likely include the arrival of his son LeBron James Jr, better known as “Bronny”, in the NBA. The “King” has always hinted that he would not retire until he had the pleasure of playing at the highest level alongside his son. But maybe he won’t wait until then.