LeBron James երկ longevity և production make him rare.
James had a fantastic season with 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks, 52.4%, and 35.9% with 3 points.
It was a great year for a player of any age, և it’s impossible to find a better season for a player who turned 37 և spent the 19th season.
He challenged the goal title, but did not manage to play enough games to qualify. However, no player, no matter how many games they have played, more than 50, has averaged 30 or more points at that age.
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James is likely to extend his league record for all NBA games until the age of 18, three more than Kobe Bryant, Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan.
James’s season officially ended last week when he played his last games of the season, before the Lakers ruled him out for the last two games due to a left ankle sprain. The Lakers’ season ended Sunday with an extra 146-141 victory over the Denver Nuggets in a disappointing season that ended without a season off. For the second time in four seasons with James, the Lakers, when they did not reach the playoffs.
The tenure of James “Lakers” was unequal: there are no playoffs, championship, exit from the first round, without playoffs.
What awaits James?
James’s contract has a year left at $ 44.4 million, which will give him until the 2022-23 season. He could become a free agent after next season or extend it for two years this summer.
Undoubtedly, James can still be a key player in the champion quality team, there is no doubt that James still wants to win.
“I appreciate it, I love you all, I love you.” James tweeted after the announcement of the end of his season. “I wish it was a victory, but. Gave everything I had this season when I was on the floor. We will meet again in the fall. “
But how much can he win next season with the Lakers? Will it be good enough for James to have only a good team that is not a title contender at the moment in his career?
There are many answers.
A championship is always better than not being a championship. The player prefers to play for a team that can fight,: James wants the Lakers to train և to improve the roster. It will be difficult considering the lack of flexibility in the payroll list (James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Dice to eat $ 129.45 million next season), or whether James had a great season, 2020-21, 2021-22, he also missed. the third part of the games of the two seasons. His endurance is no longer given.
At the end of the season, when the Lakers’ post-season chances were declining, James said, “Now he is living the time of his life. The game is so beautiful. “
He was not worried about stories about himself or the Lakers. “None of these things are possible. “I enjoy playing basketball,” he said.
It turns out that he can be satisfied as long as the defeat is not too bad. James has four titles, four MVP finals, four MVPs, NBA all-star record և in all NBA teams, is the only player with 30,000 points, 10,000 rebounds և 10,000 assists և must pass Karim Abdul-Jabari as a league all … top scorer next season.
Not winning another title will not give him anything to inherit. He is talked about as the best player of all time in the game. As he has suggested before, he does not believe he has anything to prove.
So James has at least one more season with the Lakers. Will there be more than one? To find answers, you can try to read what James said or did not say, or what he did or did not do in the past. There is a whole cottage industry based on reading James tea leaves. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.
When James realized that his teams in Cleveland and Miami had exhausted their chances of winning the championship, he was for the team where he thought he could win a title. And if next season reflects the end of his team Cleveland 1.0, Miami և Cleveland 2.0.
Of course, James can leave. But not all circumstances are equal. In any case, James lives happily in Southern California. Most of his non-basketball business is there, և lifestyle is a factor where everyone works. There is nothing worse than earning $ 45 million a year, living in Los Angeles, and playing for a mediocre basketball team.
And yet, what if there is an aspiration to win another title? Can he leave the Lakers for another team? Can he sign Phoenix for a short flight to Los Angeles in the opposite direction to try to win the title with Chris Paul, Dean Booker and Sans? It seems unlikely, but you never know.
James recently said on the HBO show “The Shop” that he would like to play alongside Steph Curry, reiterated his desire to play alongside his son Bronny James, who will participate in the draft in 2024.
There are so many opportunities ahead, սը James probably does not even know what his basketball career is like in two or three years. But he says it is enough to keep a number of opportunities open and incite intrigue.
James redefined free agency from his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami in 2010, from Miami to Cleveland in 2014, and from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 2018.
Towards the end of his career, at the age of 40, James’ future will once again influence the NBA with his career choices.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY. LeBron James, Lakers. The chances of titles are fading, can the star be satisfied in Los Angeles?