Father time just cannot seem to defeat LeBron James
At 33 years old, LeBron James would appear to fit in the ‘End of an Era’ narrative common among players of his age. Instead, it seems almost blasphemous to lump ‘The King’ in the same category as other retiring stars. The 6-foot-8 James would no doubt agree with this perspective, having expressed his wish to play in the NBA with his eldest son, the outstanding middle-school prospect LeBron James Jr. With James Jr being only 13 years old, this would require James Sr to play at least another six years in the League.
Although this might seem unlikely for mere mortals, the rules of time do not seem to apply to James, just as the laws of physics appear to bend to his will whenever he goes up for one of his trademark tomahawk jams or chasedown blocks. Instead of going on a decline, he has been downright phenomenal in recent years, leading the NBA Finals in all five statistical categories to win his third NBA title in 2016 and then becoming the first player to average a triple-double in the Finals as they fell to the Golden State Warriors in 2017.
Along the way, James has evolved his game in an atypical fashion as well. Instead of adapting to the usually waning athleticism over the years, he has added some facet to his play each season, from the pull-up jumper to the post game. At the same time, he has somehow managed to maintain his otherworldly combination of athletic abilities while building up a reputation as the most complete player in today’s game
As the curtain refuses to draw on one of basketball’s most surpassing talents in the past decades, LeBron James continues to re-define what it means to be an aging superstar in the NBA. Even if it seems unlikely that he can prolong his ascent indefinitely, it would take a fool to bet against LeBron James Sr and Jr stepping foot on an NBA floor together.