LeBron James admitted Wednesday night that months ago he questioned his ability to maintain performance “without cheating the game” and still “give his all to the game.”
James announced his determination to play in his 21st season as he accepted the award at ESPY in Los Angeles.
“The day I don’t give it my all on the floor is the day I finish my work. Luckily that day is not today,” James said Wednesday.
James, a four-time NBA champion and four-time league player of the year, has hinted that he may retire.it came right after los angeles lakers Defeated the eventual NBA champion Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
James played all but four seconds in Game 4, scoring 40 points and being blocked in the final seconds by Floater, who could have tied the game.
“There are a lot of things to think about as we go forward with the basketball game,” he said after a meeting with reporters that night. Asked about that comment, he said, “If you want to keep playing.”
James, a four-time Finals MVP and 19-time All-Star, averaged 28.9 points last season, just above his career average of 27.2 points per game. He averaged 8.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 35 minutes.
His 50% field goal percentage was about midway through the year, and his 32.1% 3-point shooting percentage was the fifth-lowest.
of lakers 13-20 after losing 124-115 in Dallas on Christmas Day. Bolstered by several roster moves, they went 30-19 through the remainder of the game, beating the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime in the play-in round to clinch the seventh seed in the playoffs.
Los Angeles defeated the No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies and No. 6 Golden State Warriors in six games each to advance to the conference finals.
James’ 21st season is the longest active career in the NBA, tied with Robert Parrish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki. They only follow Vince Carter’s 22-year career.
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