It's been not even 24 hour since LeBron James and the Lakers were swept at the hands of the Denver Nugget in the Western Conference finals, but the speculation of will he or won't he retire has already begun. 

If you don't live under a rock, you'll know LeBron James as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but also one that is never shy from putting himself directly in the spotlight and have the conversation be about his journey/career/legacy. 

Well, LeBron, here's another opportunity for you to milk the headlines until you decide (we already know you're coming back next season) if you want to retire or lace them up for at least one more season. 

Here's why I'm buying the LeBron James retirement hype:

Simply put, there is nothing left in the NBA for him to do. 

Here is a list of his incredible accomplishments: 

  • 4× NBA champion
  • 4× NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
  • 4× NBA Most Valuable Player:
  • 19× NBA All-Star
  • 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 19× All-NBA selection
  • 13× First team
  • 6× NBA All-Defensive selection:
  • NBA Rookie of the Year: 2004
  • NBA scoring leader: 2008
  • NBA assists leader: 2020
  • 3× NBA minutes leader

James has had an incredible 17 year career playing for three different teams but his accomplishments are the only reason LeBron James should hang up the sneakers for good. 


Here's why I'm selling LeBron's idea to retire

For as great as LeBron James both individually and as a leader of a handful of great teams, James has always been about putting himself first. He left Cleveland high and dry the first time with a one-hour special about where he's taking his talents before landing in South Beach. 

He's got to big of an ego to go out with a whimper like he just did in the WCF against a good Denver Nuggets team and he's got two years left on his contract at $97.6 million total. That's a lot of money to walk away from no matter who you are. 

third, LeBron James' goal is to play with his son, Bronny James and with his commitment to USC, LeBron know he'll need to hang around the league long enough to use his influence to get Bronny James drafted as a high-draft selection. 

And finally, with LeBron being about LeBron only, he's going to milk the hell out of a farewell tour. He'll have curtain calls, excessive pregame powder celebrations and it wouldn't shock me to see some bottle girls patrolling the hallways after games.

As much as we want to believe LeBron James is *actually* considering retirement, we all know he's coming back for at least one more season.