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D’Angelo Russell Sees LeBron James Playing Four More Years

LeBron James and D'Angelo Russell. Photo courtesy of Heavy.com

D’Angelo Russell doubts LeBron James will stop playing after this year. Moreover, he thinks the 20-time All-Star will continue to play into his 25th year in the NBA.

D’Angelo Russell Doesn’t See LeBron James Stopping Soon

The Los Angeles Lakers point guard doesn’t think James will retire soon. During a post-game interview, he talks about the progression of his career.

The 28-year-old admits his teammate doesn’t exhibit the same skill he had a decade ago. However, that’s a given, considering it’s his 21st season in the league.

“When he first got into the league ’til now, obviously there’s a let off or a little drop off. But he’s still jumping over dudes and doing all this athletic stuff.”

D’Angelo Russell

Russell is unsurprised with James’ longevity in the league. Furthermore, he thinks he has a few more years to give to the sport before he eventually steps away.

He believes this sentiment so much that he expects James to spend four more years in the NBA.

“I’m not surprised, I think he’s still capable, still got it. He’s still got some years under his belt. You’re seeing year 21, you might be seeing year 25.”

D’Angelo Russell

Furthermore, the four-time champion is trying to get an opportunity to play with his son in the NBA.

James Versus Other Players Around His Age

The difference is massive if you compare James to players that retired around his age.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s stats during his prime years were 34.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. However, by the time he retired in 1989, he averaged 10.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and one assist per game.

Similarly to the 39-year-old’s rival in the early 2010s, Dirk Nowitzki put in 24.6 points, 8.9 points, and 3.4 assists a game. When he retired, he put in 7.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.7 assists a game.

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