Heading into his 16th year in the league, All-Star forward LeBron James is still playing arguably some of the best basketball of his illustrious career.
Despite him entering the latter half of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $153 million deal, James voiced during an interview with Rachael Nichols of ESPN that he doesn’t see his overall game dropping off in any manner. (h/t Dave McMenamin of ESPN)
“I don’t even look at it like that because I don’t feel like this is going to be one of the last years of my prime,” James said. “That’s another statistic number, and I’ve always been a part of beating the odds in life. So being around my kids a lot, it gives me even more and more time in my youth.
“So I don’t feel like this is even a rebuilding year for us. We have an opportunity to do something that a lot of people don’t think we can do, and we love the notion of it’s another rebuilding year and we don’t have enough. So that will motivate the guys that we have anyways.”
The 33-year-old is coming off an MVP-caliber campaign averaging 27.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field along with a career-best 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per contest. It saw him finish with a league-best 2,251 points scored last year while also being the first player in NBA history to rack up at 30,000 career points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.
Although he has many miles on his legs in terms of minutes on the floor and games played, there hasn’t been any notable drop off in James’ performance on the court. He hasn’t suffered any significant injury up to this point in time, which is likely due to his commitment to keeping his body in the best shape with his training and nutrition.
Nonetheless, there is plenty of extra motivation ahead for James entering the point in the career of many of the game’s previous greats decline. He has the challenge of bringing the historic franchise in the Lakers back to prominence while continuing to defy Father Time. The table is set for him to showcase that he is a special talent that his case is different.
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