“Not making the finals is not fun. It’s a lot to think about, honestly.”
The Los Angeles Lakers lost 111-113 in Game 4 of the 2022-23 NBA Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Sunday (Nov. 23), ending their season with a series sweep.
The 20th season of LeBron James, born in 1984 and already 40 years old in South Korea, has come to an end. While he didn’t perform as well as he did in his prime, he still managed to compete with the best players in the NBA and lead the Lakers to the Western Conference Finals.
James’ performance in Game 4 was nothing short of spectacular. He played a whopping 47 minutes and 56 seconds, scoring 40 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, and two steals. However, he was unable to be a hero as he missed two free throws in the final minute of a 111-113 defeat.
Faced with the reality of playing at his age and now with an injury, James fought hard. But even he seems to be slowly seeing the end.
In an official press conference with local media after Game 4, James said, “It’s not fun to not make the Finals. We’ll see what happens from here,” he said, adding, “I don’t know. I don’t know, I have a lot to think about, to be honest.”
James’ interview was followed by a flurry of articles from both American and European media outlets suggesting that he may have hinted at retirement.먹튀검증
The reason for this speculation is that James’ “best friend” Carmelo Anthony recently announced his retirement. The 2003 NBA “golden” draft pick has been a longtime rival and friend in the NBA. On the national team, they had their ups and downs, leading the United States back to the top of the world.
In addition, James is likely to undergo foot surgery after the season. He’s already aging, and there’s a lot of doubt that he’ll be able to play as well as he has in the past. All of this has led to talk of retirement.
However, James has always talked about playing in the NBA with his son, LeBron James. Brownie James is currently enrolled at USC and plans to enter the NBA via the One and Done program. James is just one season away from joining his son in the NBA.
“There is a possibility that James could take a year off and come back to play with Brown,” according to Spanish publication Marca. It’s not out of the realm of possibility.
It’s hard to say what the future holds for James, who has been the most dominant player in the NBA since Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant.