LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)-NBA star Lebron James is reportedly thinking about retiring from the game after the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Monday, May 22 by the Denver Nuggets.
Following the Lakers’ lopsided loss to the Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the NBA superstar grabbed headlines with his cryptic remarks, confessing that he had “a lot to think about.”
According to Chris Haynes, James is debating retiring and is unsure whether he will play for the Lakers again if he does.
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James’ current contract has two years and $97 million still to run, but the last year is a player option, so he may decide to forgo the money and retire.
James stated, “I got a lot to think about,” following the Lakers’ loss to the Nuggets, who defeated them 4-0. I have a lot to think about as I continue playing basketball, just personally.
LeBron would leave the court with the all-time scoring record if he choose to stop, having passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar earlier this season.
In addition, he would hold the postseason scoring record with 2,036 more points than Michael Jordan, his closest competitor.
After being selected first overall by the Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft, James spent his first seven seasons of NBA play in Cleveland.
The Miami Heat was his next stop, where he won his first two NBA championships. After that, he returned to Cleveland to claim his third championship.
He joined the Lakers in 2018 and in a Covid-affected 2020, he captured his fourth championship ring, so far has four NBA Finals MVP accolades and has won the award four times in addition to the titles.
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LeBron hinted he was unsure about his NBA future Monday night as he delivered a cryptic response to questions over his life on court following LA’s elimination at the hands of the Nuggets.
‘We’ll see what happens going forward. But I don’t know,’ James said. ‘I don’t know. I’ve got a lot to think about, to be honest. I got a lot to think about,‘ James said after scoring 40 points as the Lakers dropped Game 4 to the Nuggets, officially ending their season with sweep.
‘Just personally with me moving forward with the game of basketball… I got a lot to think about.’