The 2022-23 NBA season is officially over for the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Denver Nuggets getting the best of the purple and gold in the Western Conference Finals, pulling off a sweep.
With the offseason now underway for the Lakers, speculation and rumors have begun to circulate about the team’s intentions heading into the summer.
With the constant buzz around the Lakers organization, it has been revealed that superstar forward LeBron James has been playing with a torn hamstring for months, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic via Ball is Life.
Shams said LeBron played the last few months of the season with a torn hamstring.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 25, 2023
Shortly after the Nuggets eliminated the Lakers earlier this week, James made some comments about his immediate NBA future that went viral.
James admitted this summer he will consider ending his playing career, which has now spanned more than two decades.
Before Game 4 against the Nuggets, James’ close friend and former teammate Carmelo Anthony officially retired from the NBA earlier in the day.
Anthony’s retirement announcement may have contributed to James considering a retirement, although he has repeatedly said he’s determined to play with his son, Bronnie James, when he’s in the NBA.
With Bronnie James recently committed to USC, the NBA superstar’s son will stay local and likely only play one year before turning to the pro level if all goes well for the promising young star.
As for LeBron, it will be interesting to see if he is seriously considering retirement and abandoning his plans to play with his son, as this injury could play a role in his decision.
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