Lebron James: Lakers star says final NBA season will be played with his son in interview with The Athletic

The 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers forward is currently back in Cleveland for NBA All-Star weekend, the city where he spent 11 years across two spells with the Cavaliers.

As he prepares to be captain of the LeBron team against the team [Kevin] Durant in the 71st All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday — his record 18th appearance — James said “the door isn’t closed” on a third stint in Cleveland.
“I’m not saying I’m coming back and playing, I don’t know,” James, who is a free agent after next season, told The Athletic on Saturday.

“I don’t know what my future holds. I don’t even know when I’ll be free.”

James was named league Rookie of the Year in 2004 after being drafted as the Cavaliers’ first draft pick, winning back-to-back Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards in 2009 and 2010 before leaving to join the Miami Heat. . .

He returned to Cleveland in 2014, subsequently leading the franchise to its first-ever championship two years later in another MVP-winning season.

Like father, like son

In 2018, he left the Cavaliers again to sign with the Lakers, with California now boasting two Jameses – Lebron and his son, Bronny, who is now 17.

A high school playmaker, Bronny was ranked 43rd by ESPN in their class of 60 in 2023 with a four-star rating.

James’ second child Bryce, 14, is rumored to be following in his already impressive high school dad’s footsteps.

James of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks on Dirk Nowitzki during the All-Star Basketball Game in 2008.

Whether or not he returns to Cleveland, James claimed that whenever his senior season comes, she will star alongside his eldest son “no matter what.”

“My senior year will be played with my son,” James said. “Wherever Bronny is, that’s where I’ll be. I’ll do whatever it takes to play with my son for a year. It’s not about the money then.”

It remains to be seen when this final season will take place. At that age, James had another stellar year despite a disappointing season for the Lakers, ninth in the Western Conference with a negative 27-31 record.

James has played despite the Lakers' struggle this season.
Still, with 29.1 points per game, James trails only Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the league this season, and last weekend passed Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most regular and playoff points. combined in NBA history.

James needed 19 points on the road against the Golden State Warriors to surpass Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 44,149, and went on to sink 26 to clear on top with 44,157.

“I love basketball. I love being in the NBA and being able to inspire…so many different generations,” James said after breaking the record.

“Along the way, when you’re able to accomplish things individually, at some point, I guess you have the opportunity to sit down and think about it.”

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