‘Gotta Tip My Hat’- Former NBA Champion Commends LeBron James For Longevity

Published 04/15/2021, 10:57 AM EDT
Mar 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He isn’t considered that for just being dominant in his era, but because of his dominance across eras. James is one of the oldest players in the league, coming from the 2003 NBA Draft Class. No active player has the miles that LeBron has, and many former players don’t have it over their careers either.

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His longevity is a thing of wonder. What he has done through the 18 years he has been in the NBA is remarkable. Former NBA Champion Eddie House agrees and tipped his hat to LeBron.

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“It’s just the way it goes now. I feel like these guys feel, we’re not going to give you what we have right now. You’re not gonna be able to prepare for it. You’re not going to be able to see what we can give you until it’s time for us to give it to you. I don’t agree with it. That’s why I gotta tip my hat to LeBron. Only reason why he’s not playing because some of the signs he’s been hurt. If he’s available, he’s always out there on the court playing.”

LeBron James: The longest prime in NBA history?

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LeBron James has been a dominant force in the NBA his entire career. His rookie year is the only one where one can make an argument that LeBron wasn’t one of the best players in the league. However, he has become a regular fixture in the All-Star and All-NBA categories.

Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) puts on his NBA Championship ring during an on court ceremony at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

James has the most All-NBA selections in NBA history with 16. 13 of those selections came as a first-team member, another category he leads in. He has the third-most All-Star appearances with 17, one behind Kobe Bryant and two behind Kareem-Abdul Jabbar. What’s terrifying is that LeBron is poised to add more accomplishments to his name in the next few seasons, barring injury.

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He has been tearing up the Playoffs regularly since 2005 and hasn’t lost a playoff series before the NBA Finals since 2010. That is compounded by the fact that LeBron has only missed one year of Playoffs since 2005. While his longevity will forever be commended, everyone is still waiting for him to add more titles to his name.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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