LeBron James Prepares for Historic 22nd NBA Season, Potential Court-sharing with Son Bronny


In a historic move, basketball supremo LeBron James has confirmed that he’s lacing up for an unprecedented 22nd season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This announcement makes for an exciting prospect: the legendary all-time top scorer could potentially share the court with his offspring, Bronny, as teammates representing the Los Angeles Lakers.

The news broke Wednesday when an insider familiar with the negotiations confirmed that James had agreed to a two-year pact with the Lakers. The second year of the contract is based on James’ decision, which gives him the potential to once again explore free agency come next summer. The specifics of the deal have yet to be officially declared.

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Additional details on the agreement, according to ESPN, suggest that James’s salary may be slightly less than the maximum he could have wrangled. Such a negotiation with his representative, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, would prevent the Lakers from hitting the second apron, securing some much-needed roster flexibility for the team’s future exploits.

Whichever way the pendulum swings, it is expected that James will pocket around $50 million in the impending season. This move catapults his career on-court earnings to an astounding $530 million, positioning him as the first-ever NBA player to cross the $500 million threshold.

As his 22nd season with the NBA unfolds, James finds himself sharing a league record with Vince Carter. Excitingly, last week the Lakers drafted Bronny James in the second round, positioning them to become the first court-sharing father-son duo in NBA history.

Bronny James has already inked his initial NBA agreement, stated the Lakers on Wednesday. The remarkable four-year pact, with the last year under the Lakers’ discretion, is valued at $7.9 million, with a rookie salary at approximately $1.2 million for the offspring of the famous ‘King James’.

With his latest contractual negotiations concluded, LeBron James has smoothly completed one procedural speed bump: securing a contract ahead of his participation with USA Basketball at their training camp in Las Vegas this weekend. Here, the team will commence their concentrated preparations for the forthcoming Paris Olympics. This will mark James’ fourth time representing his country at the Olympics, his initial outing since aiding the U.S. snag gold at the 2012 London Games.

Decisively outpacing Father Time, the unstoppable James, who turns 40 in December, maintained an impressive average of 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.3 assists last season, all while being the league’s oldest active player.

The all-round basketball maestro holds several records. Besides being the all-time leader in points (40,474), James is fourth in assists (11,009), sixth in games played (1,492), and holds the eighth position in both 3-pointers made (2,410) and steals (2,275). His 20 All-Star selections and equally matched appearances on the All-NBA team are also records in themselves. The accomplished player also has the unique distinction of being both the youngest and oldest player to make an All-NBA squad.

When the 2004-05 season selections were announced, James became the youngest player to make the All-NBA team. More recently, he also made history as the very first player aged 39 or older to be part of an All-NBA campaign.

To put it into perspective, other basketball legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan were just a few days shy of their 39th birthdays when their respective seasons culminated in what became their final All-NBA campaigns. Last season saw James participate in a whopping 71 games, with the last 42 undertaken after he celebrated his 39th birthday.