LeBron James on Studying Former Players Like Michael Jordan: “I’ve Always Respected the Generation That Came Before Me… but I’ve Never Studied Anybody’s Game”

Published 12/30/2021, 12:31 AM EST


Just like many times this season, the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t hold a lead. The Memphis Grizzlies did not give up till the end and rallied an inspiring comeback. Ja Morant came out on top in the duel between him and LeBron James as the Grizzlies continue their impressive season. With James having another great game, he was asked if he studies any past players’ games. The King said he has never done that.

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Despite being a day away from turning 37, LeBron is on top of his game. The Akron Hammer has no brakes as he posted his sixth straight 30 point game of the season. He keeps improving in some areas of the game and keeps his physical health in check.

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So when a reporter put out a question over any player he studies, James said he doesn’t study any previous player. It is his own path and grind that allows him to dominate the game at his age.

LeBron James trusts his own work

LeBron is impressive in terms of his sheer athleticism. His way of working differs from most, and he does it with sheer discipline. That has allowed him to be on top of his game ever since entering the league. James admitted that he respects the previous generation for forging a path, but doesn’t study anyone’s game in particular.

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He said: “I’ve always respected the generation that came before me and I’ve always saluted the guys that set the stones for us to be here today. But I’ve never studied anybody’s game and throughout their career on what I can implement on myself. I’ve always had my own path and determination of my own grind. I literally put in the work every day either from a physical or mental or spiritual part. The game is always running through my veins and I’m thinking about ways I can continue to improve my game throughout the later stage of my career.”

Dec 17, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) argues the call against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

James is always improving some facet of his game. He is religious with his work ethic, which has allowed the King to stay on top. Despite his age, he is leading the Lakers in a way no superstar has in their late 30’s. He continues his dominant stretch, but unfortunately, the Lakers just couldn’t pull through.

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Ja Morant showed out in the game against the Lakers. The guard had his day from beyond the arc shooting 6-7. He has improved his shooting immensely since the last season. Desmond Bane added 20 points as well, which included some crucial threes.

LeBron James had yet another stellar performance with 37 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. However, he struggled late in the game and had a decisive turnover. Russell Westbrook had yet another triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. The duo couldn’t hold out late in the game as their supporting cast fell short once again.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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