Lakers' LeBron James Says He'll Play 'at Least a Few More Years' After Knicks Win

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 1, 2023

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LeBron James is playing the greatest basketball we've ever seen from a 38-year-old, and it doesn't appear that he plans on stopping anytime soon.

The Los Angeles Lakers star told reporters he intends to play "at least a few more years" following Tuesday's 129-123 win over the New York Knicks.

"I'm not going anywhere," James said. "I'm going to be in this league for at least a few more years."

James finished with 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the overtime victory, his first triple-double of the 2022-23 season. He now needs 89 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time leading scorer.

"It's not getting heavier," James said when asked about the burden of the moment. "I'm going to do it. I mean, it's just a matter of time when I'm going to do it. It's not heavy."

If James plays two more seasons after this one, he will match Vince Carter for the most in NBA history (22). That would likely be enough time for him to make the path toward passing him on the league's all-time scoring list nearly insurmountable.

It's also possible he'll wind up being able to sneak up into the top 25 in rebounding, though that will depend on his health and the amount of time he continues playing. With Chris Paul also still active, it's unlikely James will get any higher than fourth place on the all-time assists list, a perch he reached Tuesday night.

Aside from potentially adding a fifth championship, James said his lone remaining goal in the NBA is to play alongside his son, Bronny, who will be eligible for the 2024 NBA draft. Bronny James is the No. 33 overall player in the 2023 high school class, per 247Sports' composite rankings, and is considered a fringe NBA prospect.