LeBron James could play until his 40s if son can make it to the NBA
LeBron James is finishing up his 15th season and aging like fine wine doing so with averages of 26.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game. Yet at the peak of his game at 33 years old, he could easily surpass the 20-year tenure in the league if his son LeBron James Jr. shows enough upside to make it into the NBA.
“I’m 33, [LeBron James Jr.] is 13. … If he has a chance [to play in the NBA], and it seems like he can make it, you got to,” said James, according to ESPN.
James Jr. has been in multiple highlight tapes despite his ripe age, showing plenty of promise as one of the greatest talents in the nation. Yet 13 is a little too early to proclaim his NBA future, as his dad likely waits for him to mature into his body and show some signs of promise of being the heir to the throne.
Bronny has shown a lethal stroke from deep along with some solid dribbling skills and a similar court vision to his father, taking his best traits and improving on them as one of the most promising athletes of a blooming era.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 11, 2018
The 13-year-old has shown a defensive acumen as well, despite his young age — making it much more enticing to look at as a two-way player with a knack for the intangibles.
LeBron James Jr balling in front of his Godfather, Chris Paul!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) March 5, 2018
If the two make the NBA at the same time (especially if the NBA goes through with the changes that would allow players to declare for the draft after leaving high school), the two could share their first season together in the league in the 2023-24 season and become the first-ever father-son duo to play in the NBA at the same time, much like Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. did for the Seattle Mariners in the MLB.