Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss hopes LeBron James retires as a Laker. The 19-year-old NBA veteran has played with the team since 2018.
In an interview with Clutch Points, Buss told the sports outlet, “We have a line of communication with LeBron, and he knows he can get to me at any time and vice versa.
“I feel like I do. I know I appreciate him signing an extension to stay here and continue to lead the Lakers. He is an outstanding leader both on and off the court.
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“I think we’re excited to have him as a Laker,” continued Jenny Bass. “I want to see him retire as a Laker.”
In fact, Kobe Bryant played 15 seasons in 2015. He voluntarily retired in 2016, and Magic Johnson spent his entire 13-year career with the team.
Not to mention, Elgin Baylor played with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers from 1958–71.
Jerry West (1960–74), Michael Cooper (1978–90) and James Worthy (1982–94) are on the list. Bass is hoping LeBron will at least finish his career in Los Angeles.
Jeanie Buss on LeBron James: “I’d like to see him retire as a Laker”
King James has been vocal about playing in the NBA with his sons Brony and Bryce. If the Lakers can draft them in the future, the 18-time All-Star could retire in La La Land.
In August, LeBron signed a two-year, $97.1 million contract with the team. This deal also includes a player option for the 2024-25 season. If things take a turn for the worse again, the four-time MVP will have a chance to sign with another team.
In the 2021-22 season, in 56 games, James averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. He also shot 52.4% from the field and 35.9% from beyond the arc.
If Jeanie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka continue to surround James with the talent they need to win another chip, a Laker could retire.
Bron scored 37,062 points in his career. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points in his 20-year career. James needs 1,325 points to hold the all-time scoring record. He finished with 1,695 points in the 2021-22 season.
Last season, after the Lakers finished 33-49 (.402) and 11th overall in the West, then-head coach Frank Vogel was fired. In May, Darwin Hamm replaced Vogel as the team’s 28th head coach in franchise history.
Under the new coach, it will be interesting to see how effectively Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and James can play next season. Patrick Beverley was added to the roster during the offseason.
If all goes well in the future, Jeanie Buss will get her wish.