‘Not Your Typical Guy in His 18th Season’: LeBron James Opens up on His Playing Time

Published 12/26/2020, 6:00 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after receiving 2020 NBA Championship ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled off an impressive victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas day. The Lakers took Luka Doncic and the Mavs to their limit, pulling off a 138-115 victory. LeBron James had an excellent game, scoring 22 points, 1o rebounds, and 7 assists.

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LeBron James spoke to the press after the Lakers win over the Mavericks. When asked about his body and how he prepares it in year 18, James said that he never stops being ready for big games. “I train my body for whatever. I’m not your typical guy in his 18th season … I train my body for a marathon… they say if you stay ready, you never have to get ready.”

James has proven himself to be one of the most durable basketball players in NBA history. Even in his 18th season, he still plays at an elite level and is one of the best players in the league. The effort that James puts into keeping his body fit and proper is well documented. James spends an estimated $1 million a year on keeping his body in pristine condition.

LeBron James: Ultra-durable

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Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) wait to enter the game against the LA Clippers in the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is coming off an excellent 2019-20 season. He teamed up with Anthony Davis for the first time, and the two led the Los Angeles Lakers to the first seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, it appeared as though LeBron kicked off into another gear.

LeBron James helped the Lakers zoom past the entire Western Conference, completing a gentlemen’s sweep of the Trailblazers, Rockets and Nuggets. After that, he led the Lakers win the NBA championship in six games against an equally deserving Miami Heat side. For his efforts in the series, LeBron James was named Finals MVP. With his fourth Finals MVP, he became the first player to win Finals MVP for three different franchises.

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But two months later, all the confetti from the previous season has been swept aside and the new season is already in place. Now, the Los Angeles Lakers must work to go back-to-back and win another NBA championship. If LeBron can continue playing the way he does, the team does have a good chance.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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