LeBron James shook the NBA to its very foundation with his latest statement.
After 20 seasons playing at the highest level and following a heartbreaking sweep in the Western Conference Finals, LeBron hinted at retirement for the first time in his career.
And while some believe this could be just a part of the heat of the moment or another power play to get the Lakers to strengthen the roster, Dave McMenamin of ESPN isn’t so sure.
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McMenamin reached out to James in the aftermath of that statement, and he claimed that James told him that he still feels that he’s better than 90% of the players in the league, but he’ll contemplate his future in the offseason.
The reporter added that Anthony Davis said James’ words caught him by surprise.
McMenamin also reminded us that James still has two years left in his contract; one fully guaranteed for $47 million, and a player option for $50 million.
Not many people would walk away from that kind of money, but James’ net worth is over a billion right now.
Moreover, with Carmelo Anthony retiring earlier on Monday, he’s now the only active player from that legendary 2003 class.
James has been the ruling force in the NBA for two decades straight, but all good things eventually come to an end, and his career won’t be the exception to that.
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