It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers could very well be the last team LeBron James plays for in the NBA before he decides to retire from the sport of basketball.
James has a four-year deal with the Lakers, and if he sees it out, that means he will be 37-year-old by the end of his contract. However, he’s already had 16 seasons in the league.
It’s not surprising for some fans to therefore think that the King is coming to the end of his prime years in the league, or that they’re now completely behind him following his departure this summer from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron, unsurprisingly, doesn’t think this, and he doesn’t think he’s sacrificing a year of his prime to play with the young core of the Lakers instead of playing with a championship-caliber team.
He said to ESPN that he believes as well the team can use the doubters in order to motivate themselves next season to prove them wrong.
He said: “I don’t even look at it like that because I don’t feel like this is going to be one of the last years of my prime.
“That’s another statistic number, and I’ve always been a part of beating the odds in life. So being around my kids a lot, it gives me even more and more time in my youth.
“So I don’t feel like this is even a rebuilding year for us. We have an opportunity to do something that a lot of people don’t think we can do, and we love the notion of it’s another rebuilding year and we don’t have enough. So that will motivate the guys that we have anyways.”
Father time is undefeated across all sports, but LeBron isn’t a normal sports star. He’s one of the best NBA players of all time, so he should be able to hold off father time longer than what normal players do.
Whether or not he will stay at the top of his game for long enough to win a NBA title with the Lakers however remains to be seen, but he, of course, has a great track record since he has won three championships and made it to the NBA Finals nine times, including in each of the last eight years.
LeBron still has a couple of prime years ahead of him. The question is whether or not he will be able to take advantage of them in a Lakers jersey.
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