Despite being 37-years-old, LeBron James is still one of the best players in the NBA and is the face of the league. However, the inevitable is coming and the four-time NBA champion will retire in the next few years.
Even though the time will come when James no longer plays in the league, the head of the NBA does not want to even start talking about that.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is confident that other players will emerge that will take the reigns from LeBron but it is not something he wants to think about.
“I want to be absolutely clear. I am not prepared to talk about the post-LeBron era,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Yahoo Sports recently. “And I don’t think it’s because I’m in denial. He won a championship less than a year and a half ago. From my standpoint, LeBron is still playing at the very highest level in the league.
“At some point, a new player or players will emerge, I think, take that leadership mantle in the league. It seems they always do. I’m just not prepared, even in the slightest, to start thinking about the league without LeBron, because he continues to be as committed as ever to the competition, to the league overall.”
This season, which is his 19th in the NBA, James is averaging 29.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 36.8 minutes per game.