LeBron James, at 32-years-old playing in his 15th season, is doing things that have never been done before. And he knows it. While the Cavaliers’ star prefers team awards over individual accolades, he was the first to admit that winning an MVP at this stage of his career would mean more to him now.
“Team success is always the No. 1, but along the way if you’re able to accomplish some individual awards, individual achievements, it would mean a lot,” James explained after Saturday’s shootaround. “I feel good. This is my 15th year, but this is one of the best years I’ve had as far as how I feel, and I want to continue that. I want to kind of try to break the mold for the next generation. So just take the narrative out of, ‘OK, you’re past your prime when you get 31, or you’re past your prime in your 12th year in the league, or whatever the case may be.’ — “Hopefully I can break the mold, so when the next guy comes, he can still get $200 or $300 million and be 33 years old. I’m serious. You guys are laughing, I’m serious. This is the mold I’m trying to break. It’s not just about me, it’s for the next crew, as well … I’ll be 33 in 15 days. This is my 15th season, and this is the best I’ve felt in my career. I want it all.”
It seems like a pretty daunting task, but James is already proving he can push back the clock of Father-time. In tonight’s victory over the Washington Wizards, he recorded his third straight triple-double (20 PTS, 12 REB, 15 AST) while scoring an average of 28.1 points for the season.
Still, we have to wonder when he’ll begin to slow down. Kobe, MJ, Shaq, and every other superstar came to a point where they just could not play anymore. And while LeBron certainly seems to be pushing the limit, his time will come. We’ll just have to see how far he can go.