How many more records is LeBron James willing to break in the NBA?
The answer is unknown, because apparently the Los Angeles Lakers forward has no limits and for now everything indicates that retirement is not on his mind.
As of today, the ‘King’ can choose to sign a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension with the yellow and purple. What does this mean beyond continuing to enjoy one of the Association’s top figures and a basketball legend?
Now 37 years old, if James signs the extension it means he would be on the court for three more seasons, playing until the age of 40. No other player in the history of the League has done it. The closest in that area is Kevin Garnett, who retired when he had 39 laps.
James has repeatedly said that one of his greatest dreams is to play alongside his eldest son Bronny, well, with the extension (if it materializes), the ‘King’ would be active for the 2024-25 season, when Bronny be eligible to play in the NBA.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no father/son duo has ever played together in NBA history in the same season, let alone on the same team, so that would be one more mark for the Akron, Ohio native.
In that sense, James and Bronny would join the only father/son duos in American sports history to accomplish such a feat: Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. (MLB), Tim Raines and Tim Raines Jr. (MLB) and Gordie Howe. and their children Mark. and Marty (NHL).
The idea doesn’t seem far-fetched considering that, like fine wines, LeBron has improved over the years, or at least maintained his scoring averages.
At 30.3 points per game last season, James posted the second-most points in a career season, behind only 2005-06 (31.4) and also became the oldest player to average 30 points in a season in NBA history.
Finally, if he played for the next three seasons, James would be matching Vince Carter, who played for 22 seasons in the NBA; LeBron now has 19 in his long career, so he could retire with the same 22 from “Vinsanity” or maybe choose to play one more and leave an almost unbeatable mark of 23 years in the League, but only time will tell. will tell.
With data from ESPN Stata & Info.