“So much for LeBron holding the Lakers’ feet on fire, demanding they get rid of Russ”

LeBron James recently agreed to a contract extension with the LA Lakers, and not everyone has something positive to say about it. That, as expected, includes veteran sports analyst Skip Bayless.

James and the Lakers reached a new deal in hopes of bringing more titles to Los Angeles. Contract extension talks have been ongoing for a few weeks. James agreed to a two-year extension worth $97.1 million. The deal includes a player option in the third year of the deal, which is the 2024-25 season.

BREAKING: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension – including a player option for the 2024-25 season, @KlutchSports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN. James was entering the final year of a contract worth $44.5 million.

According to ESPN, James’ new contract will make him the highest paid player in NBA history. He surpasses Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets with $532 million in guaranteed career earnings.

On Twitter, Bayless wrote:

“Too bad for LeBron holding the Lakers’ feet on fire, demanding they get rid of Russ or he’ll take his talents elsewhere,” Bayless tweeted. “HE HAS NO LEVER BECAUSE HE WANTS TO RETIRE A HOLLYWOOD LAKER.

Too bad for LeBron keeping the Lakers’ feet on fire, demanding that they get rid of Russ or he’ll take his talents elsewhere. I repeat: HE HAS NO LONGER LEVER BECAUSE HE WANTS TO RETIRE A HOLLYWOOD LAKER. He knows it; they know that. #StriveForLAness

Whether or not it’s true that James is no longer a fixture in the Lakers organization, it’s hard to think the Lakers won’t consider his opinion. Often referred to as “LeGM” whenever his team changes roster, James has occasionally been involved in roster changes for his teams.

Now, on the discussion of his retirement as a Laker, it’s up to James if he wants to call it off by the end of his last contract with the Lakers.

LeBron James will break many records next season

LA Lakers forward LeBron James
LA Lakers forward LeBron James

Heading into this season, LeBron James is within range of breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s iconic score. James needs 1,326 points to surpass Kareem’s 38,387 points.

James is second at 37,062 after eclipsing Karl Malone last season. Many thought Kareem’s record would not be broken. However, James’ longevity helped him achieve this feat. For the 18-time All-Star to pass Kareem, he must average 22.0 points per game over 60 games. James averaged 30.3 points per game in 56 games last season, good for 1,695 points.

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Plus, he’s on his way to No. 4 on the all-time assists list. With 349 assists last season, he is close to overtaking Magic Johnson, Mark Jackson and Steve Nash. LeBron needs 291 to secure fourth place.

The four-time champion also has a shot at ninth in steals. James needs 72 to pass Hakeem Olajuwon.

James’ longevity has helped him become the greatest all-around player in NBA history. Even at 37, James is still efficient and looks set to break more records until the day he retires.

Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein

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