LeBron James called Tom Brady “one of the GOATs” after watching the 43-year-old quarterback win his seventh Super Bowl ring Sunday night in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
LeBron has won four NBA championships with three teams, including in 2020 in his second year with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 36-year-old superstar insists he isn’t sure how many seasons he will play beyond this one, the 18th of his career.
“I’ve been watching [Brady] for quite a while now, and just to see him go out and do the things that he’s done in his career, for him to win another one (Sunday) in the fashion that he won, it was pretty cool,” James said after recording a triple-double in the Lakers’ 119-112 overtime win Monday over Oklahoma City. “It’s very inspiring for a guy like myself. But two different sports, two different positions.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to play the game. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to give to the game. But the way I feel right now, we’ll see what happens. I have no timetable on it. I have no year of ‘Do I want to play until 30-this or 40-that?’ The game will let me know when it’s time. We’ll figure it out then.”
James’ response was consistent with his past comments on the subject, including after he signed a two-year contract extension worth $85 million in December through the 2022-23 season.
“At the end of this contract, I’ll be in Year 20,” James said then. “The best thing about it is the year I’ll be a free agent will be the same year my oldest son (Bronny) graduates high school.
“So I’ll have some options to see, for me personally, what I want to do forward, being around my family, being around my son more or continue to play this game I love with great health and great spirits. We’ll see.”
James is averaging 25.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 25 games for the defending champion Lakers (19-6).