‘Still Questioning’: LeBron James Reveals Why He Isn’t Surprised by His Dominance in Year 19

Published 11/01/2021, 9:53 AM EDT
Oct 31, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Houston Rockets center Daniel Theis (27) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James has been a phenom ever since he has made his debut. From thunderous dunks to mind-boggling blocks, James has done it all and moreover, he has been doing this for 18 long seasons.

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But the recent injuries to James has been concerning. While his groin injury in 2018 did end up LBJ missing the rest of the season, perhaps the most impactful of the lot was his high ankle sprain that he suffered during the 2020-21 regular season.

Despite making his return, it was clear that Bron wasn’t in the same form and many even doubted whether he could ever regain his strength and dominate the court as he is used to.

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LeBron James unsurprised with fitness levels in Year 19

LBJ and the Lakers have had a mixed start so far. While many of their starters have lacked consistency, James has always been the one who has been a constant in producing for the team.

A major factor has been the return of James’ incredible athleticism. This was also apparent in the game against the Rockets. While the 36-year-old did have woeful shooting splits, he hit one of the best dunks of the season with a reverse slam dunk helping the Lakers to win 95-85.

After his latest exploits against the Thunder, James was asked whether he was surprised about his level of play in year 19. “I don’t surprise myself because I know how much work I put into my craft and my body and preparing myself for the game so I’m able to go out and do some things that other people are still questioning how I’m able to still do.”

James was also full of praises for his team’s performance as well. While their offensive prowess wasn’t as impressive, the defense was incredible. “It definitely felt like Laker basketball tonight defensively.”

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“That’s what Frank’s been preaching. He’s always on us about defense and protecting the rim, not having turnovers offensively, being efficient sharing the ball moving the ball and tonight was a good game for us.”

While the Lakers have a bunch of veterans on the team, they will surely take some time to get to their best form. After a shocking start to their season, they are finally gaining some form with 4 wins in 5 games. Can LeBron James lead the Lakers to a championship yet again?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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