LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, who will turn 27 on Dec. 30, remains a force to reckon with in the NBA.

His last game against the Houston Rockets is proof that the four-time NBA champion can still play at a high level.

In the Lakers’ 132-123 win over Houston, the 17-time All-Star had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He also eclipsed the 36,000 scoring mark in his career in that game.

Beyond that, James continues to drop averages that do not indicate he is on the decline. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the 6-foot-9 cager hardly thinks about retiring any time soon.

“I know I’m on the other side of the hill, compared to the hill I was on before. I know that,” James stated. “But, I mean, I’ve thought about it, where I’m at with it. I’m still playing at such a high level, I haven’t given it too much thought.”

But for a player who has been in the league for 19 years now, James knows that time is not on his side. He is aware that he will not be to play for another 19 years and prefers to just enjoy the game for as long as his mind and body allow him to do so.

“I’m in Year 19 and I’m not gonna do another 19 so I’m definitely not halfway in my career. I’m on the other side of the hill. So, we’ll see where the game takes me. We’ll see where my body takes me and my mind. As long as my mind stays fresh and my body stays with that, I can play the game,” James quipped.

James has been investing millions in keeping himself in shape, a reason why he continues to stay the course. Hence, only time will tell when the four-time MVP will call it quits. But for now, there are no indications he will do so.

LeBron James
James previously missed several games this season due to several injuries, including an ankle injury that kept him from playing twice in October and an abdominal injury that cost him eight games. Getty Images

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