Star forward LeBron James is coming off an impressive showing in his 18th NBA season. The Los Angeles Lakers forward continues to prove to be an ageless wonder. All that has led James to recently spew a directed message for his haters.
LeBron James finishes a strong 18th campaign
Entering his 18th season, James aimed for the opportunity to lead the Lakers to a second straight NBA title.
Although the 36-year-old and Los Angeles fell short due to injuries, he recorded another remarkable campaign. It saw him continue to perform at an elite level despite a high ankle sprain forcing him to miss six weeks.
James extended his NBA career to 17 straight seasons averaging at least 25.0 points per contest. Meanwhile, his third career All-NBA second-team nod set a league record with 17 consecutive nominations. As he heads into the offseason, James delivered a message to his haters.
LeBron James sends a clear-cut message to his haters: ‘I love you guys’
Throughout James‘ career, he’s dealt with his fair share of detractors on and off the court.
It’s something he’s grown accustomed to hearing the negative outside noise concerning anything he chooses to do. That is again the case after his long-awaited Space 2 Jam: A New Legacy movie was released earlier this week as the haters attempted to rain on his parade.
James responded on social media on Friday morning by voicing his excitement for another chapter in his life off the court while sending a joyful message to his haters.
“Let me not forget the most important: my haters,” James said. “Just want to say I love you guys.”
The 36-year-old may not publicly acknowledge those that criticize him the most, but he certainly hears all the chatter. It’s part of what fuels him to push forward on the court to continue to excel at an elite level, adding to his impressive NBA resume.
James has accomplished it all on and off the court while taking in stride the hatred he continues to receive.
Eyeing to finish his NBA career with the Lakers
James is heading into the offseason before his 19th campaign, inevitably shifting the attention toward his NBA future.
The 36-year-old is under contract through the 2022-23 season, marking his 20th year. Beyond that, there isn’t complete clarity whether he will ink another contract to continue his career or move into retirement. James recently mentioned on the “Smartless” podcast that he wants to finish his playing days with the Lakers.
“I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers,” James said via CBS Sports. “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something … It’s like me being in “Space Jam” — I never thought it would be possible. You think about Kareem, and Magic, and Wilt, and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe, Shaq and all of them. The whole list goes on.”
The four-time league MVP sounds like he is interested in extending his career well beyond his current contract. James previously spoke about his desire to play alongside his son LeBron James Jr., but it sounds like that scenario may only unfold in a Lakers uniform.
Regardless of how much longer he plays, he’s found where he wants to finish his illustrious career.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.