Lakers LeBron James Apr 26, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) sits on the bench during a timeout during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies during game five of the 2023 NBA playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

A cryptic Instagram post by LeBron James left the NBA world asking questions Monday, with many fans wondering about the legend’s mindset

The IG post read, “I’m suppose to be #1 on everybody list. We’ll see what happens when I no longer exist.”

Those are lyrics from a 2003 song by Jay-Z, “What More Can I Say.” The last three lines of the song are:

“I supposed to be number one on everybody’s listWe’ll see what happens when I no longer existF— this”

The problem is that many fans who saw his post didn’t realize the reference to the rapper’s song.


Even NBA fans who did get the Jay-Z reference wondered about James’ meaning. Is this really him throwing more fuel on the retirement fire? Other fans claimed it’s just a bid for attention by the Los Angeles Lakers star.

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