‘Wish I Was Justin Timberlake’: Lakers’ LeBron James Scoffs at The Idea of Banking Minutes

Published 01/16/2021, 5:15 AM EST
Jan 15, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart (3) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


After a slow start, the Los Angeles Lakers took over in the second half to overcome the New Orleans Pelicans. LeBron James was the star yet again, leading with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists. Despite turning 36 a few weeks back, he hasn’t slowed down at all.

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During the post-game interview, he mentioned that he won’t be able to play on for another decade. He said, “I don’t think I can go to 46. We can go from 26 to 36, but I don’t think I can go to 46. Also, don’t think my wife would like that.”

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He also talked about how he is going to play with no restrictions and hasn’t thought about banking minutes.

“I’m 36 years old, 18 years in the league,” he said. “There ain’t no save some for later on in the season. My body is ready to play whenever I need to play in the course of the game. I go hard when I’m out there and start my treatment after the game.

“I wish I could bank time. I wish I was Justin Timberlake in that movie where I could bank some time, but I’m not.

Age is just a number for LeBron James

While there are currently four players older than him who are still in the league, none of them are even close to playing at his level. In fact, he is currently averaging the second-highest points per game in NBA history among players who are 36 or older. Karl Malone ranks #1, but that was his 15th year in the league, while this is LeBron’s 18th year in the league.

And despite his age, he still hasn’t lost his elite athleticism. One of his highlights from the game was a putback dunk. It was a brilliant show of his athleticism, where he caught the Pelicans’ defense by surprise.

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The Lakers star is currently averaging 24.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists per game. He is also shooting an impressive 38% from three, something he has struggled with throughout his career. These performances have led the Lakers to the number one spot in the West already, and they will be keen to hold on to it now.

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They play the Warriors next, followed by a big game against the Bucks. That will be their first real test of the season, and LeBron will be eager for this huge matchup.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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