LeBron James: “My last year will be played with my son”

Lakers forward LeBron James has been downgraded to questionable Thursday against the Philadelphia 76res because of a sore left knee.(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

LeBron James is the future. That reads a bit crazy, but considering the context — it’s very true. LeBron came into the league as one of the biggest names of all-time in basketball. He’s been nothing short of the highest expectation that anyone could establish.

LeBron is still playing at a high level and only injuries have been an obstacle. He’s made it work, though, and it looks like the juice will continue to flow. He’s a member of the Los Angeles Lakers until 2023 by the details of his contract. Once that season ends, it’s fair game as LeBron enters free agency. A year later in 2024, Bronny James becomes NBA Draft eligible.

We all know where James stands on seeing his son enter the NBA. Saturday marks the first time he puts the stamp on the beliefs of many. The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd spoke with the 19-year veteran ahead of Cleveland’s NBA All-Star festivities:

“My last year will be played with my son,” James said. “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 making this news a proclamation in Cleveland is even more prophetic. He’s returned once and got a championship.

Would he do it again?

LeBron shared some thoughts on a return to Ohio:

“I’m not saying I’m coming back and playing, I don’t know. I don’t know what my future holds. I don’t even know when I’m free.”

Only time will tell where all the pieces land. Right now, LeBron has to right the ship and see if the Lakers can find some path of positivity to end this season. They’re in the playoff race, but injuries to Anthony Davis, Kendrick Nunn, and James himself are roughening the trek. The clock is officially on for the Lakers and LeBron, and both sides have to make it a good time for each other before it runs out.

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