LeBron James was pensive when asked about his retirement plans. The Lakers star has refused to set a timetable to his career.
The past couple of games have not been easy on the 36-year-old. Previously averaging 33 minutes per game to start off the season, James has played 89 minutes in the past 2 games. These games, one each against the Pistons and the Thunder, have had 3 overtime periods between them.
The Lakers just about managed to claw their way back in regulation against OKC last night. They were wretched against the Pistons, letting a 17-point lead slip in the second half. Josh Jackson had a season-best performance for Detroit two nights ago.
Last night, it was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander putting the Thunder on his back. Darius Bazley was pretty good with a double-double as well. The Thunder could have taken the game with a marginally better shooting night.
LeBron James responds to question about retirement
The post-game presser involved a few questions about James’s future plans. This is understandable, given how James is still wowing viewers with his perfect conditioning and energy levels. The tougher questions were about the game itself, in contrast to the Pistons outing:
“I’m good with one. I’m good with one overtime as opposed to two overtimes. Allowing ourselves to get down double-digits to start games is not something we want to do long-term.”
LeBron James confirms to @LakersReporter that after saying his heart could not handle two OTs the other night that he is okay after one.
“I’m good with one. I’m good with one overtime as opposed to two overtimes.”
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) February 9, 2021
About retirement, James did not gander at a real response:
“I don’t know how long I’m going to play the game. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to give to the game, but the way I feel right now, we’ll see what happens. I have no timetable on it. … The game will let me know when it’s time.”
LeBron on how much longer he’ll play: “I don’t know how long I’m going to play the game. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to give to the game, but the way I feel right now, we’ll see what happens. I have no timetable on it. … The game will let me know when it’s time.”
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) February 9, 2021