Not one, not two, not three, but maybe “four, five, six, seven.” Years, not championships.
There has been speculation about the end of LeBron James’ career, but the Lakers star recently put a timeline about his retirement in the “SmartLess” podcast with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett.
It doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
I really hope I can finish my career with the Lakers. For many years, that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven, I hope I can keep playing. I love being in Los Angeles, my family loves being in Los Angeles. Being with a storied franchise like the Lakers is something. It’s like I’m on “Space Jam”, I never thought it would be possible. You think of Kareem and Magic and Wilt and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe, Shaq and all of them, the whole list goes on.
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James is a free agent after the 2023 season, so any hope of ending his career in Los Angeles will have to be tied to a contract extension that will keep him tied there for the foreseeable future.
James, who wants to play for another four, five, six or seven years, will have to challenge Father Time: he will turn 37 in December, which will put him in his first 40 years when he hangs up the kicks for good.
LeBron has also said that he would like to play with his son, Bronny James, who is still a few years away from making it to the NBA. Some reports suggested that Bronny plans to play for Duke in 2023, but no official commitment has been made.
However, whenever Bronny’s name is mentioned in the NBA Draft, his father will likely be waiting for him at the Association.