Wednesday 22nd November 2017,
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LeBron James ‘Would Love’ to Stick Around to Face LeBron James Jr. in NBA

LeBron James ‘Would Love’ to Stick Around to Face LeBron James Jr. in NBA

LeBron James

Catching Michael Jordan in the NBA’s pantheon of all-time greats isn’t the only thing on LeBron James’ bucket list.

He also wants to stick around long enough to face off against his son, LeBron James Jr., at the professional level.

Okay, well, he isn’t necessarily determined to do so. But he would welcome the opportunity, as he told GQ.com’s Mark Anthony Green:

Would you play when you’re washed up? If you love doing it, but you weren’t…

“I know I won’t be able to play at this level forever, but to be washed and play… I don’t know if I can play washed.”

Maybe you’ll play against little Bronny when he gets to the league?

“I don’t know if I could play washed, but I damn sure would love to stick around if my oldest son can have an opportunity to play against me. That’d be, that’d be the icing on the cake right there.”

It gets better:

Yeah, but you can’t let him embarrass you out there, though.

“I’ll foul the shit out of him!” He laughs. “I’d give him all six fouls. I’d foul the shit out of Bronny, man.”

Yeah, like every time he tries to shoot.

“On sight: Flagrant 2!”

The entire profile on LeBron, by Green, is worth your time. It includes so much more than this terrific anecdote, focusing mainly on the responsibility James feels to use his platform and stature and other resources for social activism. But, yeah, this part is fantastic.

Little Bronny is, as of now, 13 years old. Barring any changes to the one-and-done rule, he won’t be able to make his NBA debut for another six years, when his dad is 38-going-on-39. That seems forever away, especially in professional basketball years, but it is not outside the realm of possibility.

Vince Carter is 40 and still balling. LeBron can get there, too. He has more miles on his treads than basically anyone entering their 15th season, but he’s superhumanly durable. And if he can warm up to the idea of playing as a fraction of his current self, perhaps as a 2o-something-minutes-per-game starter on a contender (sup, future Philadelphia 76ers), he should be able to remain in the league long enough to challenge his eldest child.

And, hell, maybe LeBron just doesn’t fall off. I mean, we’ve never seen anyone like him. He’s gone to great lengths to preserve his stamina and physical profile. Maybe he just keeps playing and playing and playing, at a high level, until he’s 40-something. That would be marvelous. It’s also probably unlikely. But, hey, we can, and should, and must, and therefore will, keep dreaming.

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