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LeBron James Says He Doesn’t Have ‘Much Time Left’ In His NBA Career

Mar 31, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers dismantled the Brooklyn Nets yesterday behind another incredible performance from James. The 39-year-old put up 40 points and went nine of 10 from beyond the arc. James showed once again that he can keep father time at a distance.

However, his performance was not what made headlines after the game. When talking with reporters in his locker room, James shed some light on the dwindling time he has left in his NBA career.

“I don’t know when that door will close as far as when I retire, but I don’t have much time left.”

LeBron James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 116-104 win against the Brooklyn Nets

James has accomplished everything over the course of his career. He’s a multiple-time champion, MVP, and Gold medalist. He is also frequently argued to be the best player to ever pick up a basketball.

21 years into his career and James is still finding ways to get it done. He is averaging 25.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per game this season. While not being in his physical prime, his brain remains sharper than ever.

“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.”

LeBron James

At this moment, James has yet to set a timetable for his retirement. However, if his recent comments are any indication, it looks to be sooner rather than later. While he has shown that he has plenty left in the tank, he may be ready to spend his time doing things outside of playing basketball every season.