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12 July, 2021 - 03:24pm
LeBron James says he wants to retire with Lakers: 'I truly hope that I can finish my career' in Los Angeles
12 July, 2021 - 03:24pm
If there was any doubt that LeBron James was going to leave the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2023, he just quelled those fears. During an appearance on the "Smartless" podcast where James was promoting his new movie, "Space Jam: A New Legacy," the 35-year-old, four-time NBA champion shared his love for the city of L.A. as well as the Lakers organization.
"I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers," James said. "However many years that is, if it's four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something ... It's like me being in "Space Jam" -- I never thought it would be possible. You think about Kareem, and Magic, and Wilt, and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe, Shaq and all of them. The whole list goes on."
While a lot can happen in two years -- remember LeBron was proclaiming not three, not four, not five championships during his introductory appearance after signing with the Miami Heat in 2010 -- it would be surprising to see the superstar play on another team this late into his career. He's already brought the Lakers a championship after hoisting his fourth Larry O'Brien Trophy inside the Orlando bubble last year, and if it weren't for a truncated season filled with injuries to both James and Anthony Davis, there's a good chance they could've repeated as champions again.
Looking forward, the Lakers have everything LeBron would want in a franchise to play out his remaining years. His co-star in Davis is still just 28 years old, and the Lakers could always add a third star to stack the deck in their favor. Outside of basketball, Los Angeles is the ideal city for all of the off-court interests James has, including producing and starring in films and television shows. His son, LeBron James Jr., is a sophomore at the prestigious Sierra Canyon High School where he headlines a talented basketball team that draws people like Drake and Michael B. Jordan sitting courtside to watch them play.
As James said, he and his family love L.A., and as he gets older in his career -- he'll be 38 when he becomes a free agent in 2023 -- the quality of life aspect plays a big role in where aging stars want to play. While it remains to be seen just how many more years LeBron has left in him, it sounds like all of them will be played in purple and gold.
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12 July, 2021 - 12:12pm
LeBron James has felt how great it is to play for the Lakers, and now he doesn’t want to play anywhere else ever again.
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One thing he does seem pretty sure of, however, is that he doesn’t want to play for another team after his time with the Lakers comes to an end. Both by signing an extension to stay in purple and gold through (at least) 2023, and with his recent comments on the “Smartless” podcast while promoting his upcoming movie, “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”
On that podcast, James told hosts Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes that he hopes to retire a Laker (h/t Michael Corvo of Clutch Points, who did a thread on James’ comments).
And before you ask, no, I did not expect the two stars of “Arrested Development” to break the news about LeBron wanting to retire a Laker, but that’s media in 2021:
“I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers. However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven, I hope I can continue to play the game,” James said. “I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something... It’s like me being in “Space Jam” — I never thought it would be possible. You think about Kareem, and Magic, and Wilt, and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe, Shaq and all of them, the whole list goes on.”
Four to seven more years in the NBA would put James between 22 and 25 seasons played, and as an aside, it’s pretty incredible that he can just casually express a desire to play that long without anyone batting an eye. His longevity and ability to continue to play at such a high level is both unprecedented and sort of unbelievable.
As it pertains to the Lakers, however, this is obviously great news. But James has always been open about how much he respects the history of this franchise, and so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that he wants to make sure he goes down in it with a long enough tenure and the requisite amount of success to join the names he mentioned in the pantheon of Lakers greats, and continue to climb their ranks.
How gracefully James can continue to age will obviously be a concern, but him being so committed to riding things out here and trying to chase more championships in a Lakers uniform is exactly what the team should want to hear, especially after how rough this last season was. But James’ appreciation for their history can also probably help him see the bigger picture, and he likely knows this team might be competing to repeat as champions if injuries hadn’t gotten in the way.
And hey, we know he wants to stick around in the NBA at least until his son, Bronny James, comes along, and Lakers governor Jeanie Buss has said the Lakers would love to have LeBron around for as long as he’ll stay. How long that will be remains to be seen, but with both James and Anthony Davis locked in to extensions for the foreseeable future and James seemingly committed beyond that, the Lakers at least don’t have to worry about finding their next stars for a while. They just need to make sure they keep putting the right pieces around their current ones that already want to be here.
12 July, 2021 - 04:15am
It was a disappointing conclusion to the season for the Los Angeles Lakers, losing in the first round of the NBA playoffs to the Phoenix Suns.
Losing in the first round of the postseason was something that LeBron James experienced for the first time in his career this year.
Injuries occurred at the worst time for the Lakers as James and Anthony Davis both endured ailments later in the season and into the playoffs. Luckily for them, they’ll have a few months to get their bodies right for the 2021-22 campaign.
While James and Davis are busy getting in tip-top shape for next season, Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss are tasked with surrounding them with better talent.
It goes without saying that the main priority should be to add more shooting to the roster. Finding a third scorer to go along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis would also be a positive development for Los Angeles.
Ahead of an offseason where the Lakers hope to manufacture a championship roster, let’s take a look at a handful of bold predictions that could come to fruition.
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