As LeBron James inches closer to decades in the league, his performance hasn’t declined. The Los Angeles Lakers star holds an open book left ahead in his NBA career that he wants to fill a chapter with playing alongside his son Bronny James.
James has fully embraced his growing desire to one day share an NBA court with Bronny. The 18-time All-Star just further cemented that notion.
LeBron James’ 19th season will end without a playoff appearance
The Lakers ventured through a busy offseason hoping to put together a championship-caliber roster around LeBron James.
However, the 2021-22 campaign unfolded with Los Angeles struggling to find consistency or stability around their star forward. James remains an ageless wonder, but Anthony Davis’ injury issues and Russell Westbrook’s lack of cohesion contributed to the franchise missing the playoffs.
The Lakers’ disappointing shortcomings aside, it hasn’t deterred James from his aspiration to one day play with his son.
LeBron James again confirms his desire to play with his son Bronny James
It’s no secret that LeBron James wants to play with his son Bronny James in the NBA.
The 18-time All-Star hasn’t been shy about his unwavering desire to take the court alongside his son one day. In the latest episode of Uninterrupted’s “The Shop,” James voiced that firm notion again while revealing that Bronny confirmed to him that he wants to become an NBA player.
“He’s No.1 on my f***ing list with who I want to play with,” James said. “Not too long ago, I asked him, ‘What you wanna do with this? You wanna get to the pros? What you wanna do?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘Because I wanna make a name for myself.’…That’s all I needed to hear.”
James added that his son’s name change from LeBron to Bronny was his decision to create his own legacy. All those factors have further excited the 37-year-old about the possibility of playing with him. Before the 2022 All-Star game in February, James told The Athletics‘ Jason Lloyd that he wanted to play his final season with his son.
“My last year will be played with my son,” James said. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”
Bronny is a junior in highs school, and under the current rules, he would become draft-eligible for two more years. However, the NBA could alter the system to allow high school players to once again bypass college or a one-year stint in a professional league.
Much can change, but what hasn’t is James’ desire to share an NBA court with his son.
Should the Lakers be worried about the star forward’s future?
The underline storyline is the Lakers’ future, as the franchise remains tied to the hip with the star forward.
After missing the playoffs for the second time with James, the front office will undergo massive roster changes to build another NBA title contender. Russell Westbrook will likely be the big name on the move, while the rest of the team will be shuffled to best fit around the star forward.
The Lakers are hoping that the roster reconstruction will lead to James inking a new contract to extend his stay beyond the 2022-23 season. The four-time league MVP has voiced no desire to leave, making it crucial for the franchise to give him a reason to sign an extension.
Ultimately, the front office’s actions over the summer will play a significant part in determining how much longer James wants to play in a Lakers uniform.