LeBron: "I hope to finish my Lakers career"

On the SmartLess podcast, the Los Angeles star talks about the end of her legendary journey. "I love being in Los Angeles," he says.


LeBron James will turn 37 in December. Behind him, more than 1,300 NBA games. In short, more than 50,000 minutes. 17 All Star, 4 MVP, 4 rings ... To talk about the successes of the Lakers player is not to discover anything to anyone, nor is it to state that the end of his career is approaching. A truism that, in your case, is less obvious than ever. This season, he has averaged 33.4 minutes per game, in which he has produced 25 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists. Until the moment of his injury, at the end of March, he was the ninth player in the competition with the most accumulated time on the court. Among the 66 basketball players aged 31 and over in the league, no one came close to his mark. In a stretch in which, without Anthony Davis, LeBron had to grow within the team, his average reached 39.2 minutes, higher than that of any other player in the competition.

King remains for a while, but the end of an era is near. After the premiere of the sequel to Space Jam (A New Legacy), of which he is the protagonist, LeBron himself has spoken about the last steps of his career. Specifically, on the site where you would like to give them. In his words, for the SmartLess podcast, he shows a total commitment to his current team: "Really, I hope I can finish my career with the Lakers. For many years, that is, if it is 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 historical franchise like the Lakers is something ... It's like I'm on 'Space Jam', never I thought it would be possible. You think of Kareem, Magic, Wilt, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe, Shaq and all of them. And the list goes on, "he explains, in words collected by Flip Trivic for Basketball Network.

Statements, although they may be unsurprising, have their significance. So far, the only thing LeBron had made clear about the end of his career was that he wanted it to happen by sharing a jersey with his son, Bronny James. "That is one of my goals, but it is long term. My son is in high school, enjoying adolescence. It would be very nice if I could share a track with him in the NBA at some point in my career," he said in the same month of March. Now, there would only be one way to combine his two wishes.

Currently, The King has a contract with the Los Angeles franchise until the 2022-23 season, extended at the beginning of this season. The Lakers, in just a few hours, ensured the continuity of their two top stars for the nearest future. In the case of James, the operation amounted to two years and 85 million; a movement that, in one of his multiple readings, also associated with his son, who hopes to reach the best league in the world in that year. In Davis's, the link went up to five years and 190 million. Both, again, will captain the Lakers during the next season, in which they hope to redeem themselves from the current one, in which they said goodbye in the first round of the playoffs after a course full of setbacks and injuries. Of course, surrounded by a team with many changes and with one of the biggest hits on the market: the arrival of Russell Westbrook. New opportunity for immediate glory and, following LeBron's words, peace of mind for the Lakers in the long term.

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