Entering the Hall of Fame without retiring? James’ remarks sparked heated debate: He may change the rules and become the first person in history

On December 24th, Philippines time, Lakers star LeBron James updated his social media. He wrote: “Why do players have to retire to enter the Hall of Fame? But coaches who are coaching can. Want to know what the difference is?” James’s this The remarks aroused heated discussion. Many fans believed that James’ words revealed his true thoughts, that is, he did not want to wait until he retired to receive the honor of the Hall of Fame. He had the opportunity to change the rules and become the first active player in history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Under current rules, there are two ways for a coach to qualify for the Hall of Fame. One is to completely retire for four seasons and then become eligible in the sixth year after retirement; the other is to have coached in high school, college or professional leagues for at least 25 seasons and then become eligible in the 26th season. Previously, Popovich was able to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as an active coach because he met the latter conditions. Counting the 2023-24 season, he has coached the Spurs for 28 seasons.

NBA players are currently inducted into the Hall of Fame and must retire four years before they are eligible for induction. US media stated that if James plays for 25 seasons and retires in the 2027-28 season, he will not be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame until the 2032-33 season. For James, that may be too long ago. If James retires after the 2023-24 season, he will have to wait until the 2028-29 season to be eligible for selection.

The 2023-24 season is the 21st season of James’ career. The 39-year-old James is still in good condition. So far this season, he has averaged 25.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, shooting 54% from the field and 39.2% from the three-point range. Free throw percentage was 72.3%. The year-end war is coming, and James ranks among the best in history in many statistics.

Jbet88 : Many fans believe that James’ influence is too great and it is entirely possible to change the existing Hall of Fame rules and become the first active player in history to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Some fans said that the Lakers are currently in a bad situation and hope that James will use his influence to get the Lakers to fire Hamm and send Russell to the Bulls for LaVine.

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