Lakers to speak with James in coming days about retirement comment

LeBron James, the all-time leading scorer in the NBA, stated following the team's elimination from the playoffs that he would think about retiring during the offseason.

The 38-year-old James stated that he had a lot to consider regarding his basketball future after his team was eliminated by Denver from the Western Conference finals late on Monday in the required four games.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said that he and head coach Darvin Ham are looking forward to speaking with James.

He also said that part of their responsibility as coaches is to support athletes when they experience a turning point in their careers.

"LeBron has contributed as much to basketball as any player has ever done. You earn the right to choose whether or not to give more when you do that, according to Pelinka.

We'll stay in touch with him and his team and will only be there to support him. Naturally, we hope that his career will continue, but we also want to give him the space and support he needs to reach that turning point.

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