The exit of three heavyweights in the sport has prompted LeBron James to reflect on his career.
LeBron who is entering his 14th year in the NBA, said the retirements of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and recently Kevin Garnett has him considering when he and his peers will play their final NBA game.
“It feels like our era is next,” James said Tuesday. “That’s what it feels like. Me, [Dwyane] Wade, [Carmelo Anthony], [Chris] Bosh. We’re next. We’re on deck. We’re the next group behind those guys. I mean seriously, if you look at it, we’re the next group.
So that’s one of the first things that I thought about, like, once Dirk [Nowitzki], and Vince [Carter], and Paul Pierce decide to go, we’re next. You just don’t take it for granted.
Every time we come out here, we talk to you guys, step out on the floor, we’re going to play this game, we love it, but we’re on deck.”
James signed a three-year extension this summer that will keep him in the league at least through the 2017-18 season should he play it out.
Pierce announced Monday that 2016-17 would be his 19th and final season. He is one of three remaining members of the 1998 draft class still active, along with Nowitzki and Carter.