LeBron James has told a teammate he plans to be around for a bit longer than many expect.
The Los Angeles Lakers forward is currently playing out his 20th season and will turn 38 at the end of this month. However, according to Dennis Schroder, he doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon and wants to be in the NBA for at least five more years.
LeBron came into the NBA as an 18-year-old, straight out of high school, and has more than lived up to the hype. He has surpassed every expectation placed on him and has been the face of the league for several years.
LeBron James Chasing History
LBJ is now chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s top-scorer record and is well on pace to become the NBA’s most productive player in terms of points scored by early 2023. Should he play for as long as he intends to, the four-time champion should put himself way out of reach of any other players who chase the record.
James is under contract through the 2023/24 seasons and has an option for the following season. His goal to go another 5-7 years shouldn’t be much of a surprise as he has often expressed a desire to play with his son Bronny, who will have NBA eligibility in two years.
While he has been getting injured more often lately, now that age is catching up, LeBron keeps his body in great shape and hasn’t lost too much of his athleticism, if any. He’s still capable of performing highlight-worthy dunks but isn’t playing above the rim as much as he used to in an effort to preserve himself for when it matters most.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.