Jason Terry thinks LeBron James might retire if Cavs win NBA title (vid)
LeBron James obviously will go down as one of the greatest — if not the greatest — player in NBA history even if did not play another minute in a game.
Given his esteemed pedigree and résumé that boasts record after record, three NBA titles and four MVP awards, Jason Terry believes “The King” could conceivably hand up his sneakers for good should the Cleveland Cavaliers somehow pull off an upset and defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
The 40-year-old veteran of 19 NBA seasons made an appearance this week on FOX Sports 1’s “Undisputed” when he pontificated on the possibility James could retire if the Cavaliers come out on top.
"This might be it for the GOAT, it might be over, he might leave on top of the mountain… If LeBron wins the championship this year, I think he retires." — @jasonterry31 pic.twitter.com/wwsVzC93tV
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) May 28, 2018
James of course has reached the NBA Finals eight consecutive times, a mind-boggling testament to his sustained excellence regardless of who made up his supporting cast. That said, James has only won three NBA titles, which of course puts him behind the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant when it comes to championship hardware. If James wants to be considered the unquestioned greatest of all-time, four championships, should the Cavs beat the Warriors, arguably won’t cut it.
While Terry makes a compelling case in a theoretical sense, it’s hard to envision the 33-year-old James, regardless of the physical wear and tear and emotional toll continuously gunning for championships has had upon him, calling it quits anytime soon. After all, there will be no shortage of interest in his services when he exercises the opt-out clause in his contract and becomes a free agent after the Finals, as expected.