The King is Back: LeBron James Ends the Retirement Rumors

Jennifer Parker
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 12: (L-R) LeBron James, winner of Best Record-Breaking Performance, speaks onstage during The 2023 ESPY Awards at Dolby Theatre on July 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

For months, speculation swirled that LeBron James may retire this offseason after 19 grueling NBA seasons and finally hang up his throne and crown. However, LeBron isn’t done reigning over the league yet.

In an Instagram live video, LeBron announced that he will return to the Los Angeles Lakers next season, ending any rumors of retirement. At age 38, LeBron is still playing at an elite level and remains one of the best players in the world. His return is huge news for Lakers fans and the organization. The King isn’t ready to pass on the throne just yet.

Chasing History

LeBron is entering rare air in NBA history. Only a handful of players have had careers spanning 19+ seasons, and LeBron continues to play at a high level. He just averaged over 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game last season.

LeBron is building a resume that already ranks among the greatest of all time. With a fifth season in LA, LeBron has a chance to lead the Lakers to an NBA title and cement his legacy even further.

The all-time scoring record is also within reach for LeBron if he continues his high level of play for a few more years. The King still has more history to make.

Help Wanted: Title Contender Seeks Supporting Cast

While LeBron’s return is great news for the Lakers, the team has work to do to build around him and become a true title contender. The Lakers had a disappointing first-round exit this season and their roster struggled with injuries and lack of depth.

At age 38, LeBron can’t carry a team on his own anymore. The Lakers will look to make offseason upgrades and find players that can take some pressure off LeBron.

If the Lakers can surround LeBron with enough talent, his fifth season in LA could end with another championship and Finals MVP for the King.

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