With Carmelo Anthony, 39, announcing his retirement, LeBron James, 39, has hinted at the end of his career after being swept in the Western Conference Finals.
The Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of the 2022-23 National Basketball Association (NBA) Western Conference Finals at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, United States, on Nov. 23 (ET).
The Lakers played a seesaw game with Denver in a desperate attempt to cling to a 0-3 series lead, but ultimately lost 111-113. They were eliminated from the series 0-4.
Denver advanced to the Finals for the first time in franchise history. Denver will play the winner of the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics for the championship. Miami is undefeated in the best-of-three series.
James had a good performance on the night with 40 points and 10 rebounds, but he was not up to the task in clutch situations in the fourth quarter. He missed a crucial shot on the final possession.
After the game, James sounded quite frustrated. In an interview with local media, James said that he has “a lot to think about” for the 2023-24 season.
According to USA Today, James’ comments could be considered retirement talk. Coincidentally, Anthony announced his retirement the same day.
It wouldn’t be out of the question for James to retire as well. James will turn 40 in 2024. It’s amazing that he’s still playing at the age of 39.
However, James still has two goals in mind. He still has two goals: to score 40,000 career points and to play on an NBA team with his son, Brownie.
James has 38,652 career points so far this season. He still has at least one more season to reach 40,000 points.
He also has at least two more seasons to play with his son. James’ contract with the Lakers runs through the 2024-25 season. It’s doubtful he’ll give up that money 안전놀이터.
It will be interesting to see if a clearly less dominant James will give up two seasons of salary for two things: 40,000 points and playing on an NBA team with his son.