WATCH: LeBron James Proves He’s Always the Hardest Worker After Intense Workouts with Lakers Coach Phil Handy

Published 10/11/2021, 9:35 PM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers looks into the stands after a spectator threw a hat onto the floor as he and his squad played the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


This time around, it would be a no-excuse season for LeBron James. With a 4.5 month-long rest, the signing of his friend Carmelo Anthony, and the formation of the Lakers’ Big Three, the stage is set. King James couldn’t have asked for more.

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LBJ is still to match Kobe Bryant’s 5-titles and is a couple more finals wins away from matching Michael Jordan. It’s important that he climb this ladder if he’s to strengthen his GOAT case. So to make sure this season replicates the 2020 run, the King is putting in a beast-y workout that looks as promising as previous years.

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LeBron James is aging like a fine wine

In a recent workout video from Lakers’ assistant coach Phil Handy, the L-Train is showing no signs of aging whatsoever. The video begins with three massive dunks and ends with back-to-back three-pointers. In his 19th NBA year, looks like the Akron Hammer wants to enter the ring with no visible weaknesses.

LeBron James has put on some lean muscle this off-season and that’s another addition to his repertoire. Last year, his right ankle had done all the damage to his shot at the title. But it appears as if the 4x Champion has left that far behind.

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What’s at the stake this season?

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Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) answers questions during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, many accused Bron of not taking the offensive lead and rather sticking to the job of a playmaker. He certainly relied more on three-point shooting than he ever did, and that did serve him as well. But at the same time, his inconsistency as a defender hit a new low, especially during the postseason.

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So this year, he must keep healthy and deliver more. Plus, he should also restrict the load management to the bare minimum to make sure he is there with his team’s good and bad days. All this, because he might not get one such strong team to prove himself in the future. So an opportunity wasted here can cost him his legacy.

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What do you say, can Bron help the Lakers win their 18th ring this year? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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