Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James certainly wanted the Super Bowl, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers topped the Kansas City Chiefs to give the franchise their second Lombardi trophy and quarterback Tom Brady a historic seventh NFL championship.
James, 36, says that seeing the 43-year old Brady win was “inspiring” but says it doesn’t influence his current career timeline.
“I’ve been watching him for quite a while now, and just to see him go out and do the things that he’s done in his career, for him to win another one yesterday in the fashion that he won, it was pretty cool,” James said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “It was very inspiring for a guy like myself. But two different sports, two different positions.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to play the game. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to give to the game. The way I feel right now, we’ll see what happens. But I have no timetable on it. I have no year of, ‘OK, do I want to play until 30-this or 40-that?’ The game will let me know when it’s time, and we’ll figure it out then.”
Rewind back to December, and James outlined his thinking when it comes to just how long he plans to continue planning.
“I haven’t [thought about it],” James said at the time. “The bottom line is I’m going to stick around this game. I’ve never taken for granted every time I get an opportunity to play another season. I try to prepare my mind and my body and my spirit for a season, and see where it takes it me.
“At the end of this contract, I’ll be in Year 20. The best thing about it is the year I’ll be a free agent will be the same year my oldest son graduates high school. So I’ll have some options to see, for me personally, what I want to do forward, being around my family, being around my son more or continue to play this game I love with great health and great spirits. We’ll see.”