LeBron James is going out on a low note?
Despite being 38 years old and dealing with a nagging foot injury, LeBron James scored 40 points Monday night. He also played nearly the entire game in the Lakers’ loss to the Nuggets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. James, who averaged 28.9 points per game this season, has accomplished about as much as any other player in NBA history. Yet, he hasn’t hinted at retirement until now.
“I got a lot to think about,” James said after the game. “Just personally, with me moving forward with the game of basketball, I got a lot to think about.”
Did LeBron James just hint he may have played his last game? pic.twitter.com/864Hp0bk9Q
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 23, 2023
After the game, fans were simply left to interpret LeBron James’ retirement comment. Despite a contract extension last offseason, retirement means sacrificing over $50 million. It also means giving up on his dream of playing alongside his son, Bronny.
LeBron James to ESPN on his thought process going into the offseason:
Q: When you say you got to think about stuff, what thread should we be pulling on that?
A: "If I want to continue to play."
Q: As in next year?
Q: You would walk away?
A: "I got to think about it."
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 23, 2023
LeBron James may also need foot surgery, which could sideline him at the start of next season.
While he is still capable of competing for championships, the Lakers’ disappointing loss and his injury may be contributing to his newfound consideration of retirement.
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