Basketball: The consequences for the NBA if LeBron James quits

24 May 2023

It seems that NBA star LeBron James is considering the future of his career. He left the doubt on the announcement of a possible retirement following the elimination of the Lakers just before the final. This is terrible news for the basketball world, which found out from an interview with the 38-year-old that he was thinking about this option as he has just finished his 282nd play-off game.

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No less than 20 seasons in the NBA

It was just after his press conference that James answered questions from the press about the next season of his career. The player, who has 20 seasons under his belt, said that he did not know yet what the next step of his career would be and that he had a lot to think about. This is information that the media did not see coming.

An extraordinary career

LeBron does not need to show what he is capable of today. A star of the NBA since 2003, he has given us many memorable performances. In 2007, during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals when the Cavaliers went to Detroit for a very important game, LBJ made his mark on the NBA community, scoring 48 points, including the last 25 for his team, giving them a narrow 109-107 victory.

Then there was the Warriors' Game 5 against the Cavaliers in 2016 where LeBron scored 41 points, a number that has become a habit for him in games he plays, and nearly had a triple-double in that incredible game in which he was backed up by Kyrie Irving.

And finally, during Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, which remains the most memorable game of the King's career. 27 points scored "only" for the player, but a triple-double with an unmatched performance throughout the game. LeBron brought the title back to Cleveland as they faced the Golden State Warriors on a counter with minutes left in the game on Iguodala. A promise James made to the Cavaliers that he was able to keep, making this a memorable moment in his NBA career.

A new personal record

Disappointed just after the 4-0 loss to the Denver Nuggets, LeBron James showed a magnificent game, as usual. He put up 31 of his 40 points in the first half with 21 in the first quarter. A record for this legendary player who still has 2 years left on his contract with the Lakers. And even if James is keen to stay and wait for his son Bronny who may be taken to the NBA for the 2024-2025 season, nothing is certain yet about the continuation of his own career.

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