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“I want to see him retire as a Laker”

Jeanie Buss on LeBron James: "I want to see him retire as a Laker"

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss hopes LeBron James will retire as a Laker. The 19-year NBA veteran has played with the team since 2018.

In an interview with ClutchPoints, Buss told the sports outlet, โ€œWith LeBron we have a line of communication between the two of us, and he knows that he can reach me anytime and vice versa.โ€

โ€œI think he feels appreciated. I know I appreciate that he signed an extension to stay here and continue to lead the Laker team. Heโ€™s a fantastic leader both on and off the court.

โ€œI feel like weโ€™re blessed to have him as a Laker,โ€ continued Jeanie Buss. โ€œI want to see him retire as a Laker.โ€

Of course, Kobe Bryant retired with the franchise in 2016 after 15 seasons played, and Magic Johnson spent his entire 13-year career with the team.

Not to mention, Elgin Baylor played with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers from 1958โ€“71.

Jerry West (1960โ€“74), Michael Cooper (1978-90), and James Worthy (1982-94) are on the list as well.ย Buss is hoping that LeBron will at least finish his career in Los Angeles.

Jeanie Buss on LeBron James: โ€œI want to see him retire as a Lakerโ€

King James has been vocal about playing with his sons, Bronny and Bryce, in the NBA. If the Lakers manage to draft them in the coming future, the 18-time All-Star could retire in La La Land.

In August, LeBron signed a two-year, $97.1 million contract with the team. This deal also includes a player option for the 2024-25 season. If things turn sour again, the four-time MVP will have the opportunity to sign with another team.

During the 2021-22 season, in 56 appearances, James averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. Plus, he shot 52.4% from the field and 35.9% from beyond the arc.

If Jeanie Buss and G.M. Rob Pelinka continue to surround James with the talent he needs to help him win another chip, heโ€™ll likely retire a Laker.

Bron has scored 37,062 points in his playing career. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points in his 20-year career. James needs 1,325 points to own the all-time scoring record. In the 2021-22 season, he finished with 1,695 points.

Last season, after the Lakers finished 33-49 (.402) and 11th overall in the Western Conference, then head coach Frank Vogel was fired. In May, Darvin Ham…

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