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Video: Lakers star LeBron James gives advice to Drake about how to retire gracefully

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has played a total of 15 seasons so far in his NBA career and for the most part of that span, the four-time MVP has been perched atop the league. Entering his 16th season in the pros, James, even at age 33, is still arguably the best player on the planet, but since father time is undefeated, the three-time NBA champion is bound for an inevitable decline.

It remains to be seen when that point will arrive, but until then, James will continue to be an imposing figure on the court. However, James seems to be prepared for the time when his basketball mortality beckons.

In a teaser of James’ HBO talk show The Shop released on Tuesday, the Lakers’ forward could be seen and heard giving advice to hip-hop artist Drake about making a graceful exit.

“I think maybe one of my biggest concerns in my career is just to figure out how to exit gracefully,” Drake loudly wonders with LeBron James listening. “I’ve watched people overstay their welcome, and I just don’t ever want to be that guy that’s addicted to the feeling of victory…Addicted to the emotion of people digesting something that they love, and get to the point I’m just feeding them something and they’re just like ‘Yeah,’” Drake adds.

To that end, James offered a sage tip to Drizzy:

“You can’t have motherf*****s around you who can’t keep it honest with you and keep it real with you. You need to have someone tell you ‘Yo, either accept the lesser role, or you gotta tank.”

Accepting the end of one’s career is historically one of the hardest things to do for professional athletes, but James seems to be ready for the time when God’s plan calls for his athletic prowess to erode.