Lakers GM Unveils 38 Yr Old LeBron James’ Mamba Mentality: “Preparing for 21 Like He’s a Rookie”

Published 09/29/2023, 10:55 AM EDT

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The sign of a true champion lies in the three Ps: preparation, patience, and perseverance. LeBron James, as an individual, has aced all of these areas as the Los Angeles Lakers superstar continues to dominate the NBA. Even the team’s general manager has praised that aspect of the 38-year-old, highlighting his Mamba mentality.

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The Lakers GM emphasized the level of dedication from LeBron right ahead of the start of the next season. His words raised faith in the heart of the supporters as they plotted a comeback.

What did the Los Angeles Lakers executive say?

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With the entire squad back in practice, the upper management of the franchise kept an eye on the players. Reflecting on the training, Rob Pelinka later talked highly about the squad’s talismanic 4-time champion figure. The attitude of James to keep on preparing like a beginner, despite approaching his 21st NBA season, earned praise.

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Describing it as “staggering”, as quoted by The Sporting Tribune, the vice president and GM of the organization stated, Preparing for 21 like he’s a rookie”Rob further highlighted, “He’s been doing 6 a.m. workouts,” while discussing the commitment of the 19-time All-Star. He later mentioned how LeBron had “probably been in our building as much as any player this offseason”.

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These comments made the fans reminisce about another legend of the Lakers franchise – Kobe Bean Bryant. The late great displayed an insane level of work ethic as he practiced his craft to perfection. The 5-time champion thus paved the way for this culture within the franchise as mentioned in his autobiography, ‘The Mamba Mentality’.

The dedication stood the test of time as James followed in the footsteps of Bryant. After a whitewash in last season’s conference finals, the squad must be hoping to make a resurgence. With the goal of going deep into the upcoming season, the Lakers nation looks set to rally behind the team to find one answer.

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Can LeBron James repay Kobe Bryant’s trust?

Despite expressing his wish to share an NBA court with the King, the opportunity never arrived for Black Mamba. By the time the forward arrived in the city of LA, the shooting guard had already called it a time. After the tragic end of Kobe’s journey, he also could not get to see LeBron lifting the championship for his beloved side.

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In a way, the 4-time MVP has left no stone unturned with nothing more to show for his talent. LeBron has earned a lot of wealth relative to Kobe despite playing fewer seasons than him. Still, he would wish to win another ring before retiring, tying his championship legacy with that of Bryant’s. A cinematic conclusion to two enigmas’ paths, all converging in the City of Angels.

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Sourav Bose

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Sourav is a detail-oriented NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. His passion for the game of basketball was ignited by none other than the captivating duo of Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr. As he delved into the illustrious history of the NBA, his fascination grew exponentially.
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