LeBron James is 33 years old and has a lot of mileage on his legs having been to the NBA Finals eight times over the course of his 14-plus seasons. He’s also won three championships and already is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history.
So, what will keep James motivated when he enters the twilight of his career?
Perhaps it’ll be the allure of chasing more rings or piling up additional hardware. Maybe he’ll even find joy in cementing his legacy and doing whatever it takes to be universally considered The GOAT. But those seemingly pale in comparison to one possibility: playing with (or against) his oldest son.
LeBron James Jr. is 13 years old and playing in AAU, where he’s turning heads and looks primed to emerge as a legitimate NBA prospect. ESPN published a video Sunday of the elder James walking into Staples Center before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and the four-time NBA MVP couldn’t help but get excited when presented with the idea of playing alongside his son.
“If he has a chance (to make it to the NBA) and it seems like he can make it … you got to,” James said, laughing with someone off-screen. “You got to do it. You got to.”
We probably shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. LeBron is playing some of the best basketball of his illustrious career, showing no signs of slowing down, but a lot can happen over the next five or six years. He might lose a step or two or his son might not make it.
But the possibility sure is intriguing, and it’s not really that far-fetched when you consider LeBron’s continued dominance and his son’s proximity to potentially reaching the NBA. The Cavs superstar even acknowledged in the past he’s thought about sharing an NBA court with his son.
“I don’t know if I could play washed, but I damn sure would love to stick around if my oldest son can have an opportunity to play against me,” James told GQ last October. “That’d be, that’d be the icing on the cake right there.”
There are a lot of cool ways to ride off into the sunset, most of which involve winning a championship in your final game. But playing alongside your son? Well, it doesn’t get much better than that.
“As soon as we do it, ‘Boom, go ahead, son. You’ve got it from here,’ ” LeBron said Sunday.
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