The 34-year-old revealed that anything he now achieves in the league will just be “icing on the cake”, as he has already accomplished everything he set out to do in the NBA.
LeBron James wanted to clarify his comments after they drew severe criticism from some quarters.
It had been suggested the remarks, which he made ahead of the Lakers 129-128 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, signified the 15-time NBA All-Star is resting on his laurels.
“I’ve never put a cap on how many years I want to be a part of this league or how many years I want to play the game of basketball,” James said.
“I think the time will tell itself, you know, when it’s time for me or I feel like it’s time for me to stop playing.
“But I don’t see it in the foreseeable future.”
James had previously indicated there was nothing he was chasing anymore in the NBA.
“There’s nothing I need to get in this league that I don’t already have,” he said at the TD Garden in Boston last Thursday.
“Everything else for me is just like icing on the cake.
“Even though I love the process of everything that I go through to be able to compete every single night and put teams in position to compete for championships.
“But there’s nothing that I’m chasing or that I feel I need to end my career on.”
James, who is a three-time NBA Champion and NBA finals MVP felt it was necessary for him to further explain his position following the reaction to his earlier comments.
“First of all, I want to win every single day,” he said.
“Every single night I prepare to be the best.
“It’s not like I wake up every single day and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, if I don’t win a championship, if I don’t make it to the All-Star Game, then my career isn’t what I want it to be.’
“For me, every moment, I don’t take for granted every time I get an opportunity to play the game.
“I play it at the highest of my ability.
“I’m not in the fashion of, ‘If I can’t do this individually, or if I can’t do this … then my career is a failure.'”
James left the Cavaliers last summer and decided to switch conferences when he signed for the Los Angeles Lakers, who play in the West.
He is having an impressive season in Los Angeles, with his field goal and three-point percentages both being better than his career average.
James is currently averaging 27 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game.
However, the Lakers have struggled following his 17 game absence after suffering a groin injury.
James, who has now fully recovered, is no longer on the Lakers injury list and is expected to face the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.