Basketball Star LeBron James Wants to Play His Final NBA Season With His Eldest Son

© AFP 2022 / VALERIE MACONIn this file photo basketball player/actor LeBron James arrives at the Warner Bros Pictures world premiere of "Space Jam: A New Legacy" at the Regal LA Live in Los Angeles, California, July 12, 2021. - New Warner Bros. release "Space Jam: A New Legacy" rocketed to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, taking in an estimated $31.6 million in the best showing of a family film since Covid first hammered the industry. The live action/animated movie -- a sequel nearly 25 years after the original "Space Jam" with Michael Jordan -- has NBA superstar LeBron James teaming up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters in a high-stakes basketball game against a rogue artificial-intelligence entity threatening his son.
In this file photo basketball player/actor LeBron James arrives at the Warner Bros Pictures world premiere of Space Jam: A New Legacy at the Regal LA Live in Los Angeles, California, July 12, 2021. - New Warner Bros. release Space Jam: A New Legacy rocketed to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, taking in an estimated $31.6 million in the best showing of a family film since Covid first hammered the industry. The live action/animated movie -- a sequel nearly 25 years after the original Space Jam with Michael Jordan -- has NBA superstar LeBron James teaming up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters in a high-stakes basketball game against a rogue artificial-intelligence entity threatening his son. - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.02.2022
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In an interview with The Athletic, basketball star LeBron James said that he plans to play his final season in the NBA with his son LeBron James Jr, who is more commonly known as Bronny. Bronny is a high school senior and will be draft-eligible in the 2023 NBA draft.
James said in an interview on his future plans in the NBA: "My last year will be played with my son."
James, 37, is currently under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers through the 2022-23 season. Although James is playing at a high level this season, he views the opportunity to play with his son as more important than chasing championships or money.
"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 said.
By the time James’ contract with the Lakers expires he will have earned nearly $435 million playing in the NBA, which doesn’t include his many endorsement deals and investments.
The four-time Most Valuable Player winner finishing his career with his eldest son may be one of the toughest challenges of his career, however. James remains an elite player, his points per game of 29.1 is third in the league, but few players in history have played into their 40s.
James was the first overall pick out of high school in the 2003 draft, but his son Bronny may have to wait a few years to reach the NBA. Bronny is the 43rd ranked recruit in the class of 2023, according to ESPN, and the NBA has barred players from entering the league directly out of high school.
Players ranked outside of the top-35 in their recruiting class rarely make it to the NBA and are more likely to spend multiple years in college if they do play in the NBA.
The earliest Bronny could make it to the NBA would put his father at the age of 38, headed to 39. In all likelihood, the elder James’ will be forty by the time Bronny is in the NBA.
James sticking it out until his son is ready for the NBA may be worth it. He’d still likely command a lucrative salary, and he could secure the all-time scoring record.
James recently set the all-time regular season and playoff scoring record, but he is a little less than 2,000 points short of passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the career regular-season record.
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