(ConservativeFreePress.com) – As the previous season drew to a close, LeBron James was left reflecting on his future in the NBA.
Interestingly, he has since made up his mind and during the ESPYs on Wednesday night, he revealed his decision to stay on for his 21st season.
James was awarded for his Best Record-Breaking Performance of the year, in recognition of his remarkable achievement of surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record as the NBA’s highest all-time scorer, at which point he disclosed his decision.
“At the conclusion of the season, I expressed uncertainty about continuing my career,” James stated. “Many speculated on my statement, but now I’m speaking on my own behalf.”
James insisted that his consideration of retirement wasn’t trivial and has been on his mind for some time.
“In that moment, I questioned my ability to continue playing at a high level without compromising the integrity of the game. Can I still give it my all? This query has become an end-of-season ritual for me in recent years, but I never publicly discussed it before.”
“My focus isn’t on amassing more points or my on-court capabilities. What really matters to me is whether I can still compete without shortchanging the sport. The day I find myself unable to give my utmost on the court will mark my retirement.”
“Fortunately for everyone, that day hasn’t come yet.”
James attributed his yearly return to his sons’ fervor for basketball – his eldest, Bronny, is set to play for USC next season and is expected to be a top pick in 2024.
“My motivation to return each year is fueled by watching and mentoring my sons and their teammates,” James added. “Seeing their passion for the sport reminds me why I play. Their joy for the game always rejuvenates my own love for this incredible sport.
“So yes, I’ve still got plenty left in the tank.”
James has been vocal about his aspiration to one day share the court with Bronny.
Despite their exit in the Western Conference Finals, where they were defeated by the Denver Nuggets, who went on to win the NBA championship, James and his Los Angeles Lakers had impressive victories against the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors in the initial rounds.
During his 20th season, James’ stats were stellar, averaging 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists.
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