LeBron James reveals what could draw him to an early retirement

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Cleveland Cavaliers Cedi Osman dunks during the first half of Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who improved to 22-20 for the season in front of a crowd of 17,900 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena. "Once again we're back to the beginning of the season".

LeBron James then had two opportunities in the final two seconds to win it but failed on both.

Can't we just be happy the Pacers have two good centers? "I think in the first we weren't settled down ... but once we started getting a little bit of flow, we started getting more comfortable".

LeBron James' run-ins with Lance Stephenson led to a fourth quarter technical foul on James in Indiana's win over Cleveland. While talking about the possibility of retirement, James quipped that he couldn't do so just yet, because "I've got too many sneakers to sell".

They face National Basketball Association (NBA) champions the Golden State Warriors tomorrow after blowing a 22-point lead against the Indiana Pacers. "I was surprised (James reacted)". I've got confidence in myself in any situation.

"The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kind of stops me from going as long as I'd like to", he said.

James and Irving, of course, share a storied history, dating back to their three seasons as teammates in Cleveland and Irving's bitter departure from the Cavs this past offseason. I should've known. I've known since school that it's not the guy who tells the joke that gets called, it's the guy who laughs. "So they caught me on the retaliation, so - but he played well tonight". "But he played well tonight". After LeBron converted on a pull-up jumper from mid-range at the 3:57 mark of the fourth quarter, Cleveland didn't score for the remainder of the game.

The Cavaliers (26-16), who lost 99-133 at Toronto on Thursday, led by 22 after the first quarter on Friday yet still fell to 0-3 against the Pacers this season.

The Cavaliers have the second-worst defence in the league and have a very slim chance of winning the championship with a leaky rearguard.

"I mean, I would hope not", James said. "Just trying to guard him the best way I can and hopefully something happens".

"We've got to be better", Cavaliers Tyronn Lue was quoted on Friday by the ESPN as saying.

Players have grumbled that James has slowed the ball movement, holding onto the ball until he sees an "assist" pass, rather than moving it quickly. We just haven't been doing that as of late.

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