LeBron James on How Much Longer He Intends to Play: “Not Very Long”

LeBron James at the
LeBron James at the "Hustle" film premiere in June 2022. Photo by MediaPunch/Shutterstock (12969126ar)

Although the Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James continues to play at a high level in his 21st season in the NBA, he knows that his time in the league is coming to an end sooner rather than later.

James delivered an impressive performance in a 116-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, scoring 40 points and making a career-high nine three-pointers. When asked how much longer he intends to play after the game, James admitted that he doesn’t have too much time left. 

“Not very long,” James said. “I’m on the other side, obviously, of the hill. So I’m not going to play another 21 years, that’s for damn sure. But not very long. I don’t know what or when that door will close as far as when I retire, but I don’t have much time left.”

The Nets’ game saw James becoming only the second player to have multiple 40-point games at the age of 39. Michael Jordan had three 40-point games at the same age.

James is currently averaging 25.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per game while shooting a career-high 41.6% from behind the arc. The Lakers are currently sitting at No. 9 in the Western Conference standings with a 42-33 record and seven wins from their last 10 games.

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