With turning 30 years old, this day acts as a milestone for reflecting on his career and where the next era of his career will go. The ‘ star has always been known as one of the freakiest athletes on the court because of his speed and athleticism combined with his size. But LeBron doesn’t want to be known as just an athlete when it comes to his basketball game on the court. He values his basketball IQ and would love to be remembered as someone who thinks that game.
, LeBron opens up about the way he views his game, the way he’s matured over the years, and how making the meant everything to him. But what you walk away from is how much he wants people to appreciate the way he ter Marco Silva’s system.The Arsenal forward was brought in for £28million on deadline day earlier this month.Brands said: “[Signing Iwobi] was not an easy one, a young boy that played already a lot of games in the Premier League, Champions League anhinks his way through a basketball game every night. He knows that athleticism is what has made him special, but it goes beyond just being able to jump high and run fast.
And my thing is, my answer wasn’t [that] I felt that I’m losing my athleticism. Obviously, I’m not just jumping and going crazy like I was when I was 18, 19. But my answer to that was geared toward, I want people to understand that there’s more to me than just athleticism. That’s not my whole game. Obviously, it’s allowed me to do some great things out on the floor. But my basketball IQ and the way I approach the game mentally, I want that to be seen more than my athleticism.
And that’s why I was saying that… It wasn’t like I was saying, “OK, I can’t jump no more.” (Smiles) Because I can still. At a high level, too. But it was more of me just, I wanted to bring out the fact that I’m a basketball guru guy, I love the game, I think the game. And that’s what is key for me.
James is known for having a photographic memory on the court, being able to break down most of the plays throughout his career without even having to look at them. He draws on those experiences and says experience is the best teacher for people going through the NBA. Experience is what he’s been able to learn from the most, as he went from being a top prospect in high school to one of the most accomplished players in NBA history from an individual standpoint by the age of 30.
Earlier this month, James marveled at the longevity and accomplishments of Los Angeles Lakers’ star when he passed Michael Jordan for third on the all-time scoring list. When talking to Ethan for this interview, he again sounded so impressed by the way other players in NBA history had protected their bodies and put themselves in a position to be so accomplished after the age of 30, something he’ll need to do to keep climbing up the individual statistical marks of the league’s history.
: Absolutely. Absolutely. Come on, man. This is the longest shortest career of anything. I think about all the time, what’s next for me in the next couple of years, you know 35, and then if I make it to get where Kobe is, you know. How do I approach the game? And what is my mindset? And is my love for the game still there? I abs they need to improve their aerial game in attack.Victor Lindelof managed to head home in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa, but Solskjaer acknowledges they should be doing better.With players like Harry Maguire (194cm), Nemanja Matic (194cm), Scotsolutely think about that stuff. I mean, how could you not? I mean, I’ve been in this league 12 years, and it’s not like I’m last week.Willy Caballero was chosen ahead of Kepa for Chelsea’s last game – a 2-2 draw at Leicester City.”The reaction from Kepa has been good as I’d expect, training hard, head down,” Lampard said.”I haven’t had lots of conversations with him this going up another 12 years. You know, my escalator is starting to tail. So I understand that.
: No. I have no idea.
: That’s everybody at age 30? And that’s [Abdul-Jabbar] at age 30?! Wow! And he went nuts after that! That’s crazy. That’s crazy.
: Oh my God! Oh my God! He played [that long]. That’s ridiculous.
It’s crazy to think about how the all-time leading scorer in NBA history (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was 5,000 points behind LeBron and roughly 2,500 points behind Kobe when they all turned 30 years old. Of course, James and Bryant came to the NBA straight out of high school, while Abdul-Jabbar spent four seasons at UCLA. When you look at them through their first 11 seasons, Abdul-Jabbar had 24,175 points, Kobe had 19,296 points, and LeBron had 23,170 points.
So really, LeBron is ahead of Kobe’s pace but behind what Kareem was able to do. He still has a lot to do past the age of 30, but he’s put himself in a good position to remain one of the elite players in the NBA and in NBA history.