The Lakers confirm their intention to retire LeBron James’ jersey when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame – after the NBA icon returned to the gym following his son Bronny’s cardiac arrest this week
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He’s not quite done yet, but LeBron James will have his jersey retired by the Lakers after ending his storied career, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss has said in a new interview.
James delivered the Lakers a championship in 2020 and is set to play his sixth season for the franchise this year.
And Buss said sportskeeda that James will have his jersey hanging in the rafters alongside other Lakers legends once he is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“The standard for your jersey to be retired as a Laker is when a player is inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Buss said.
“I have absolutely no doubt that LeBron will enter the Basketball Hall of Fame.”
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Bronny went into cardiac arrest on Monday and was released from hospital on Thursday
The development comes the same week James and wife Savannah’s eldest son, Bronny, suffered cardiac arrest.
Bronny, who signed up to play college basketball at USC in May, was practicing at the Trojans’ Galen Center on Monday when he collapsed and was taken to intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center .
The 18-year-old was later stabilized and released from intensive care, before being fully discharged from hospital on Thursday.
Earlier today, LeBron James said in a statement, “I want to thank the countless people who send love and prayers to my family.
“We feel you and I’m so grateful. Everyone is doing very well. We have our family together, safe and healthy, and we feel your love.
“I’ll have more to say when we’re ready, but I wanted to let everyone know how much your support has meant to all of us!” #JamesGang.’
A statement from Cedars-Sinai said the hospital is “hopeful for his continued progress and is encouraged by his response,” although it’s unclear when – or if – Bronny will be able to return to court.
His father, LeBron, previously indicated his desire to play with his eldest son in the NBA, telling ESPN earlier this year ‘I need to be on the floor with my boy, I need to be on the floor with Bronny.
Bronny James signed on in May to play for the University of Southern California
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“Either in the same uniform or in a match against him… But I would love to do the whole thing with Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr..” That would be ideal, that’s for sure.
Of course, LeBron playing with his son would also see him play past his 40th birthday – with Bronny at least a year away from joining the NBA.
James announced his retirement after the Lakers were eliminated by the Nuggets in the playoffs, but has officially announced he will return next season at the ESPY Awards.
Additionally, James may have to leave LA to team up with Bronny, although Buss said his legacy with the franchise is cemented no matter where he ends his career.
“It would mean a lot,” she told Sportskeeda of James’ retirement as a Laker. “But that won’t change his contribution to Lakers history.
“It’s great if he’s retiring as a Laker. It’s the ultimate thing because a player like Shaquille O’Neal meant so much to Lakers history, but he wasn’t a Laker. when he retired from the NBA. But that didn’t change his part of Lakers history. When he retired from the NBA, we retired his Lakers jersey.’
James has had his ups and downs in Los Angeles.
The team only finished 37-45 in its first season before trading for Anthony Davis, and the franchise has only advanced past the first round of the playoffs twice in its five seasons there so far. ‘now.
Nonetheless, James delivered championship and conference finals in those years, delivering lofty highs if not the consistency that other Western Conference rivals have maintained.