LeBron James recently turned 38 years old, and he's now in his 20th NBA season.
Any day now, James will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time leading scorer, while also ranking fourth on the NBA's career assists list. He is a four-time NBA champion, with four Finals MVP trophies, four NBA MVP awards and 19 All-Star selections.
Even if he never plays another minute in the NBA, James would be widely regarded as the greatest player of all-time (or a close second behind Michael Jordan, depending on who you ask). James has cemented his legacy and there's not much left for him to prove.
But James isn't content with his loaded resumé. And just in case there were any doubts about his future, he made it clear on Tuesday night that he has no plans to retire anytime soon.
"I’m not going anywhere," James said. "I’m going to be in this league for at least a few more years.”
This lines up with what James said last year on "The Shop" when asked about his future.
"I'm trying to squeeze as much juice out of this mothaf***in' orange as I can," James said. "And I'm still good. If I was out there on some bullsh*t, like nasty-looking Bron, I'd have been quit. But I'm still nice as f*ck out there!"
For years, people have tried to predict when James would take a step back and start losing his battle against Father Time. Hell, people have made lucrative careers out of praying on LeBron's downfall.
But as James' pointed out, he is still putting up dominant numbers after two decades in the NBA — averaging 30.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 2.2 threes and a steal for the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron's game has obviously changed over the years, but he continues to fill the stat sheet and deliver jaw-dropping performances on a regular basis. Two weeks ago, he had a 48-point, 9-assist, 8-rebound, 5-three showing in a win over the Houston Rockets. In late December, he had a 47-point, 10-rebound, 9-assist, 4-three outing in a win over the Atlanta Hawks.
This season, James has scored 40 or more points on five occassions, and he's topped 30 points in 21 of his 40 contests.
Back in September, James inked a two-year extension with the Lakers, which included a player option for the 2024-25 season (worth $50,434,636).
Perhaps the biggest reason why James wants to continue playing is because he wants to team up with his son, Bronny, in the NBA for a year or two. Bronny won't be draft eligible until the 2024 NBA Draft, meaning the 2024-25 campaign will likely be Bronny's rookie season (and perhaps LeBron's final year?).
“My last year will be played with my son,” James told The Athletic last year. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”
James has earned $390,511,090 from his NBA contracts alone, and he's made even more money off the court from his business ventures and endorsements.