Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James: Small piece of me left when Tom Brady retired

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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James: Small piece of me left when Tom Brady retired

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James admitted he was in "shock" when Tom Brady announced his retirement. On Tuesday, Brady put an end of his great NFL career as he retired from the NFL after 22 incredible seasons.

Brady, who retired at the age of 44, won his last Super Bowl last year at the age of 43. "I personally was just so in shock when I saw it ... as a guy who's kind of been my motivation factor over the last few years, seeing what he's able to do at his age and always kind of being a leader of a team and even at his age people still gravitate towards him and gravitate towards his energy and how he prepares and things of that nature," James said.

"So, a small piece of me definitely left when Brady decided to retire, that's for sure."

James, Brady an all-time greats

James is 37 but he is the frontrunner for the NBA MVP award. Brady played at an extremely highly level in his thirties and James is doing the same now.

Brady admitted he's not able anymore to fully commit and dedicate himself to the game. "I think as I've gotten older, I think the best part is, is football is extremely important in my life, and it means a lot to me, and I care a lot about what we're trying to accomplish as a team and I care a lot about my teammates," Brady said on his "Let's Go!" podcast with Jim Gray, per ESPN.

"The biggest difference now that I'm older is I have kids now, too, you know, and I care about them a lot as well. They've been my biggest supporters. My wife is my biggest supporter. It pains her to see me get hit out there. And she deserves what she needs from me as a husband, and my kids deserve what they need from me as a dad."