LeBron James Recognizes Tom Brady’s Greatness Following Super Bowl LV Win: ‘It’s Very Inspiring’

by Chris Haney

On Monday night, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James spoke out about how 7-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady has inspired him through the years.

Following the Lakers overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday, James touched on Brady’s success during his postgame interview. According to the NY Post, James called the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback “one of the GOATs.”

Brady, 43, led the Bucs to the franchise’s second championship on Sunday night in just his first season in Florida. Previously, he won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots during their two-decade-long dynasty. After Sunday’s victory, Brady now has more Lombardi Trophies as an individual than any other entire NFL franchise has in their team’s history. It’s hard to disagree with James since Brady has arguably the best case in the NFL for being the greatest of all time.

James has spoken before about being compared to Brady. Each are veterans of their sport that are still competing at an elite level. Los Angeles just won another title this past season with James leading the charge at 36 years old. The two athletes seem to defy father time, and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

“I’ve been watching [Brady] for quite a while now. And just to see him go out and do the things that he’s done in his career, for him to win another one (Sunday) in the fashion that he won, it was pretty cool,” James explained. “It’s very inspiring for a guy like myself. But two different sports, two different positions.”

LeBron James Has No Timetable for Retirement

LeBron James went on to tell reporters that he didn’t know how many more seasons he has left in his already storied career. The 4-time NBA champion says he feels great and, therefore, has no timetable for retirement.

“I don’t know how long I’m going to play the game. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to give to the game. But the way I feel right now, we’ll see what happens. I have no timetable on it. I have no year of ‘Do I want to play until 30-this or 40-that?’ The game will let me know when it’s time. We’ll figure it out then,” James said.

The perennial All-Star is having another stellar season in Los Angeles. The defending champs are 19-6 to start the season and James is averaging 25.6 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Additionally, James comments about retirement have stayed consistent. He shared similar thoughts on the matter after signing a two-year contract extension in December worth $85 million.

“At the end of this contract, I’ll be in Year 20,” James said at the time. “The best thing about it is the year I’ll be a free agent will be the same year my oldest son (Bronny) graduates high school.”

“So I’ll have some options to see, for me personally, what I want to do forward, being around my family, being around my son more or continue to play this game I love with great health and great spirits. We’ll see,” he concluded.