Moments Before Hinting Retirement, LeBron James’ Viral Clip Shows Why He Might Be Thinking About Drastic Career Step

Published 05/23/2023, 10:33 AM EDT

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The Denver Nuggets swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, despite LeBron James netting a game-high 40 points for the Lakers. It seems like James’ cryptic post-game interview has become more painful for fans than the shocking exit. After coming across the 4x-NBA champion’s ambiguous remarks in the interview, numerous fans are now speculating that this was King James’ last dance.

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A clip featuring LeBron James‘ brief conversation with his teammates is now trending on the internet. While talking to fellow LA players, James has perhaps hinted why he might be thinking of a drastic career step.

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The Lakers had an upper hand over the Nuggets through the first two quarters of the game. The Denver side, however, came back strong after they outscored the Lakers in the last two quarters. When the game slowly started to slip away from the 17x-NBA champions’ hands, a worried LeBron James sounded off to his teammates during a timeout. For that particular moment, LeBron arguably donned the coach’s hat.

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LeBron’s timeout moment is now viral on Twitter after the handle ‘Backcourt Alerts’ tweeted a clip of his coaching moment. The Lakers’ fan page ‘LakeShowYo’ has retweeted the viral video. It is unclear what LeBron James says to his teammates but the Akron Hammer can be seen miming some words angrily. ‘LakeShowYo’ has captioned their tweet, “LeBron said f**k it i’ll coach the damn team myself.” 

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It is not unheard of for NBA stars to assume a coach’s role after their playing career is over. James has not given a hint about his coaching stint, but his post-game interview has prompted many fans to think that he has hinted about his retirement.

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Was this King James’ last dance?

During his post-game interview, LeBron James gave the media a sneak peek into the Lakers’ run and how he felt about it. However, the concluding portion of King James’ interview was quite ambiguous. “We’ll see what happens going forward. But I don’t know, I don’t know. I’ve got a lot to think about, to be honest. I’ve got a lot to think about, to be honest, just for me personally going forward with the game of basketball. A lot to think about,” said James. Many fans are now wondering if one of the most illustrious NBA stints is finally coming to an end.

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If speculations on King James’ retirement were to become true, fans will surely want to see him stay in the NBA, even if he were to don a coach’s hat. Given LeBron James’ leadership skills and prowess in the game, the chances of him coaching a side cannot be overlooked.

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Krishna Prasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds professional qualifications in English and Journalism from reputed institutions. As a trained reporter, Krishna's intense passion for sports writing prompted him to become an NBA journalist.
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