‘That’s a Good Thing’: LeBron James Reveals How First Two Days of Practice Have Taken a Toll on His Voice

Published 10/01/2021, 11:04 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)


The Los Angeles Lakers have an incredible roster. Heading into the 2021-22 NBA regular season, they are the favorites to win the NBA title. Clearly, the addition of Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony has elevated the team’s chances to win the title. Coach Frank Vogel will be happy with the roster thanks to the number of capable players on the squad. Despite being a fantastic defensive side for the past two seasons, the offense needs some polishing. As expected, King James isn’t wasting any time. Known for making the players around him better, James is back to motivating and pushing his teammates as they prepare for the upcoming season.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #23 Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

LeBron James is a genuine leader

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At the age of thirty-six, James looks determined to win an NBA title this season. Despite falling short last time, he is hell-bent on landing his 5th NBA title. With Westbrook, Anthony, and a host of other players, the Lakers have a decent shot at finishing the season on top. Recently LeBron James spoke about the intensity with which the Lakers are working towards their goal.

“Obviously you can tell I’ve been yelling the last couple of days, just trying to implement everything. My voice is deteriorating as the minutes go on, but that’s a good thing,” said James.


Clearly, James is doing everything he can to win the title. Furthermore, with Westbrook, the Lakers now have an all-star who wants to win his first NBA title. Westbrook’s aggression and drive can go a long way in terms of motivating the entire squad.

If this group of elite athletes can make their way through the season without any injuries, the chances of them ending the season with another title will increase significantly.

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Vogel wants to get the best out of his squad

With so many players on the roster, the starting line-up will be determined based on the preseason games. Therefore, coach Vogel has a lot of time to get the best players up and running for the season. After signing Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard, they now have two more veterans of the game. Moreover, Anthony Davis will be expected to play a key role as well, provided he stays out of injury troubles.

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers makes an angry face before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

James believes the competitive nature of the squad is important for the team to progress. The intensity of training is well evident during their scrimmages according to  LeBron, who loves the way the team is coming together.

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“It was really just the competitive nature of every possession,” said James.

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Hence, the Lakers will head into the season as one of the best teams to win the title. Will James finally land his 5th NBA title or will the team come up short?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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