LeBron James has hinted that this NBA season could be his last on the back of the Denver Nuggets completing a sweep of the Los Angeles on Monday night.
The 38-year-old superstar told reporters that he’s unsure of returning to the Lakers next season, with league sources also revealing that retirement is under consideration.
“I’m simply not sure if I’ll be back in the fall when the season begins,” he explained after the 113-111 defeat. “I have a lot to think about. Just personally, with me moving forward with the game of basketball, I got a lot to think about.”
LeBron has played 20 seasons in the NBA, going to 10 finals, and winning four championships. He became the league’s all-time leading scorer this year as he passed Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to sit atop the list of players who have scored the most points in the professional American game.
It’s been a remarkable career so far, with James surpassing expectations, and it could come to an end this year.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin has reported speaking to someone close to the player who revealed that the playoffs took a toll on him, which is why he’s thinking of hanging it up.
Per McMenamin (H/T Fadeaway World):
“I spoke to a source close to LeBron after I walked out of the arena, and I told him what LeBron had just told me, and he kind of walked through the playoffs with me, he’s like, ‘Man, LeBron really felt the effects of the travel and the physicality in the first round against Memphis,’ then he said, ‘The second round against Golden State brought back some old demons about all those finals matchups they had that LeBron was on the losing side on a few of them and that was an emotional toll that it took on him, but then you get through Golden State, and you feel like you’ve had everything you had to give, you left it on the court against the Denver Nuggets, and you still get swept.”
LeBron has said on more than one occasion that he wants to play with his eldest son Bronny, who recently committed to USC. So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.