Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless doubts LeBron James can remain a dominant force in the NBA going forward. James, who will turn 38 in December, proved last year that he's still one of the best players in the league. Last season, James averaged just over 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game.
Tom Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion who is turning 45 this month, is still considered as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. On his show, Bayless was asked if he could envision James pulling off a Brady. "Is LeBron defeating Father Time just like you think Tom Brady is?" read the question Bayless received.
“The answer to that is a big N-O,” he said as he began to explain why he thinks so. “I will give you that LeBron James had the greatest year 19 last season of any NBA player ever, but that’s in large part because not many have lasted or wanted to last as long as LeBron has.
I admire his fitness dedication, I admire his commitment to nutrition and warrior workouts, yet remember LeBron is 7 years and 5 months than Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. And I do realize it’s virtually impossible to compare playing NBA basketball to playing quarterback in the NFL, but LeBron’s all-time greatest year 19 was statistically flawed”.
James will likely stay in Los Angeles
James is entering the final year of his current deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Lakers and James don't agree on an extension in the upcoming period, James could become a free agent next summer.
James helped the Lakers win the title in the bubble but the past two seasons were disappointing for the Purple and Gold. Still, ESPN's NBA insider Brian Windhorst is reporting that James isn't showing any indication that he wants to leave the Lakers.
“I don’t sense that LeBron wants to leave the Lakers,” Windhorst said on ESPN Daily. “But I would be remiss to not point out that the Cavs have positioned themselves to have huge salary cap space next summer when LeBron could potentially be a free agent and they have this growing young team.
In fact, the team that they have right now is more potent than the team that they had that he returned to in 2014”.