‣ LeBron James has made history by becoming the first athlete to be selected to 20 All-Star teams, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for most All-Star nods in NBA history.
‣ James will be joining the West’s starting five for the All-Star Game in Indianapolis, alongside Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
‣ Speculations about James’ future in the NBA suggest that he might stay with the Lakers, given his family roots in LA and the potential financial and lifestyle sacrifices he would have to make to pursue a fifth ring elsewhere.
2024 WEST ALL-STAR STARTERS:
⭐ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
⭐ Luka Doncic
⭐ Kevin Durant
⭐ LeBron James
⭐ Nikola Jokić
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport)
LeBron James made history this Thursday night. He’s the first athlete to be selected to 20 All-Star teams. This was announced as the NBA unveiled the first 10 starters for February’s All-Star Game in Indianapolis.
This accomplishment means that the Lakers star has surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most All-Star nods in league history. LeBron will be joining the West’s starting five. This includes reigning champion Nikola Jokic, Dallas guard Luka Doncic, Suns star Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
LeBron expressed his gratitude after beating the Chicago Bulls 141-132 on Thursday evening. “I give credit and a lot of respect to my fans who have been along with me through this whole 21-year journey,” he said. “And voting me in as an All-Star starter for the 20th-consecutive time, just very humbled.”
The 38-year-old is grateful to continue doing what he loves the most at his age. “Very blessed to be able to do what I love to do and just try to give back, give back to the game that’s given me over two decades.” He shared his excitement about this historic moment in NBA history.
His coach, Darlin Ham, isn’t surprised about his player’s newest record. “Kudos to him, man. He’s a victim of his own work and success,” he said. “It’s crazy. I was thinking about this to myself, like, ‘Damn, he’ll never have an All-Star Weekend to himself just not to have any obligations.’ And do that for 21 years, it’s like, holy, man. Like, oof. But that’s his work.”
LeBron then admitted that he never expected to achieve so much greatness in his lifetime. “I’ve exceeded anything that I ever dreamed about being in the NBA. And I did that a long time ago. Everything else is just kind of extra credit. I’m very humbled by still being able to play the game I love and have these accomplishments along the way,” he concluded.
There’s speculation about where LeBron James will play the next NBA season. Reporter Jovan Buha, who covers the Lakers for The Athletic, shared his thoughts. As LeBron can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, he could leave the Lakers if he declines his 2024/25 player option.
“He has roots here in LA,” the LA insider assured. “His other son, Bryce, is playing in high school out here and his family is out here in LA. You’d be giving up money and a lifestyle to go somewhere else and try to win a fifth ring. Overall, handicapping it, I think he’s going to be here and stay in LA.”
In August 2022, James signed a two-year, $99 million extension in California. This means that the four-time NBA champion is making $47.6 million this season alone. Buha added, “There are two paths I can see (LeBron and Bronny playing together). It’s Bronny being drafted elsewhere and LeBron wanting to join that team, or, the Lakers stand pat at the deadline, the season goes haywire, they miss the Play-In Tournament or make the Play-In Tournament but not the playoffs, and LeBron asks if he can win a championship here? That still matters to him. He wants to compete for championships. He’s looking for his fifth ring.”