US basketball star, LeBron James says he’s considering “walking away” from the sport after his team, the Los Angeles Lakers, failed to make it through to the NBA Finals.
The seventh-seeded Lakers were eliminated by the top-seeded Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the NBA playoffs, which they Nuggets won 113-11.
James set a personal record with 31 points in the first half of Game 4 on Monday night, and led his rejuvenated team to the brink of the finals, but missed two potential tying shots in the final minute.
LeBron James with a historic Game 4 👏
40 PTS (15-25 FG)
He becomes the oldest player in NBA history to record 40 PTS in a Playoff game. pic.twitter.com/s1qaAyGmcF
— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2023
Speaking after the final game of what was his 20th NBA season, during which he became the league’s all-time leading points scorer, he said the campaign had been “challenging”.
“I don’t get a kick out of making a Conference Finals appearance. I’ve done it, a lot. And it’s not fun to me to not be able to be a part of getting to the Finals,” he said.
“We’ll see. We’ll see what happens going forward. I don’t know. I’ve got a lot to think about to be honest. I’ve got a lot to think about to be honest. Just for me personally going forward with the game of basketball, I’ve got a lot to think about.”
Last year, James signed a 2-year contract extension with the Lakers that should keep him at the club through the next season