LeBron James has played in 20 NBA seasons already. James left the fans in deep shock when he considered ending his career after the postseason loss in May. LeBron, who recently visited Saudi Arabia during his offseason break, has now confirmed his plans to return and compete in what will mark his 21st season in the NBA.
His contributions to the game have attracted several endorsements for the title of the GOAT in the past days from many NBA icons. However, Darvin Ham, the head coach of the LA Lakers, is the latest big name to mention LeBron as the NBA GOAT ahead of Michael Jordan.
Darvin Ham backs LeBron James for GOAT status
LA Lakers head coach Darvin Ham thinks LeBron James is the greatest basketball player ever. When a fan asked him about his “GOAT” choice, Ham quickly picked LeBron James. As he responded, “Bron is the GOAT.” Last season, as LeBron became the all-time leading scorer in the NBA, Ham said the answer to the GOAT debate should be simple. He believes that while comparing Michael Jordan and LeBron James, what should be considered is how long they played, not how many NBA championship they won.
LeBron, who is now 38 years old, scored an amazing 1,590 points in 55 games last season, making his career total 38,652 regular-season points. In the upcoming season, he has a chance to reach 40,000 points. He is eyeing to add another NBA championship in the coming season as well.
King James set to extend his reign with 21st NBA season
After suggesting he might retire following a postseason loss in May, According to CCN reports, NBA superstar LeBron James has now confirmed that he’s coming back for his 21st NBA season. He made this announcement while on stage at the ESPY Awards, which took place on Wednesday. The audience at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles cheered loudly in response.
“I don’t care how many more points I score or what I can or can’t do on the floor. The real question for me is: Can I play without cheating this game? The day that I can’t give the game everything on the floor is the day I’ll be done. Lucky for you guys, the day is not today.” LeBron said.
The L-Train had dropped hints about retiring after the Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets in last season’s Western Conference Finals. He, however, told reporters that he had a lot to consider regarding his future in the league.
However, the 38-year-old received the ESPY’s Best Record-Breaking Performance award for becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer last season, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. King James will probably break more records and possibly win his fifth NBA title.