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Drake & LeBron James Discuss Retirement in ‘The Shop’ Preview

Both Drake and LeBron James could retire today and be considered two of the best in their fields.  The art of bowing out gracefully is something that has clearly been on both of their minds, as the Toronto rapper and the Ohio NBA star discussed the best way to make their exits in the below preview for HBO’s The Shop.

In the teaser clip, Drizzy shares just how important making a clean escape from the rap game is to him, telling James, “I think maybe one of my biggest concerns in my career is just to figure out how to exit gracefully. 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…’”

James then chimes in, saying having a strong and loyal team will help when it’s time to consider hanging up the towel.

“What helps with the gracefully bowing out is having people around you that was there with you from day one, that’s seen you from the beginning,” James added. “You can’t have motherf**kers 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.”

Check out the teaser below.

The Shop airs this Friday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 pm ET on HBO.

Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.