LeBron James turned 36 in December and as he continues to be included in the MVP conversation this year, many fans are wondering: how long can he keep this up?
While predicting the future can be rather pointless work, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss is willing to keep Bron however long he wants to play whether it’s two more years or 7.
Here’s what she said in a chat with ESPN:
“It is like a really good match. We want him to stay around as long as he wants to stay around. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played till he was 42. LeBron said something the other day how he probably won’t play when he’s 46. So maybe somewhere between now and 46, so another 10 years, whatever he wants to do. We love having him, I have to say he drafted a really good All-Star team yesterday. He knows basketball, he’s competitive. We’re having a lot of fun having him around, the one thing that’s missing are the fans.”
The fact that LeBron possibly playing 9 more years in the league is even being talked about as a serious thing really shows how ridiculous the guy has been in regards to durability and longevity.
And while James himself seems to have already eliminated the idea of playing when he’s 46, that still leaves us 9 years of possible playing time for James.
If that stretch resembles anything like what we’ve seen from him for the past 18 years, it will be one wild ride for sure, and one that will more than solidify Bron’s claim as the GOAT.
Of course, whatever happens, we can expect the rest of his career to be spent in Los Angeles, alongside the many faces of basketball’s all-time greats.