WATCH: LeBron James Makes Dunking Look Easy at Lakers’ Practice Despite Being 36

Published 10/07/2021, 12:05 AM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Most athletes witness a drop in performance levels as age catches up with them. This is obvious with the amount of work their body goes through during years of playing a sport. However, for LeBron James, that theory seems to fall flat. The 36-year-old is on the top of his game as he enters his 19th season.

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Ever since entering the league, it was clear that James could jump out of the gym. Evidently, he is one of the most athletic players to have played the game. But even for him, pulling off dunks at the age of 36 doesn’t fail to amaze anyone. The ‘King’ is still going strong and his legs seem to have lost no bounce.

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates the final horn against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

LeBron James pulls off ridiculous dunk

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There is no doubting that James still has the athletic ability. However, with fitness such a big factor in basketball, one would think at 36 he would show signs of slowing down. But LeBron James is pulling out all the tricks from his bag. Recently, he gave another example that he hasn’t let age affect him yet.

In a Lakers’ practice session, James is seen pulling off a fascinating dunk. While he doesn’t spin or do anything of that nature, he makes it look effortless. The Akron Hammer goes into the air with his right, switches hands, and finishes the dunk with no trouble.

The way his body functions is a piece of art. There is absolutely no sign of him falling off his peak. Most 36-year-olds are veterans who play as role players. For LBJ, he is leading the Lakers in his 19th season. Coming off averaging 25 point per game last season, there is no wonder James still has more to give.

However, how does he stay in such top shape after spending over half his life in the NBA?

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One of the primary reasons is hard work. James has never lost his work ethic since entering the league. He still makes it a point to have multiple workouts in a day. The daily activity allows his body to suit the game much better than an average 36-year-old player in the NBA.

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers licks his chops as the Lakers cruise to the finish line against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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However, the main reason behind his incredible fitness is the way LeBron James takes care of his body. No one else pays as much attention to their health as James. He spends millions of dollars every year to be in top shape. This comes through various treatments, best foods, and much more.

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Now into his 19th season, do you think LeBron James will be the leader of this Lakers team? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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