When talking about the greatest players in history, you can’t help it but mention Lebron James. The forward has taken the league by storm in the past decade. The then 18-year-old kid was selected first overall in the 2003 NBA draft.
Now, 4 MVP’s, 2 rings and multiple records later we can enjoy him playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers once more. Aged 31, one question remains: How much longer can James keep this up?
Lebron is not the only great player at the moment. He got big-time competition in Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard… This means he’s gotta fight to stay amongst the top scorers. He’s gotta fight to earn another MVP. He’s gotta fight to lead his beloved Cleveland to a championship.
After he makes it to the finals once more, nothing but critics and the strongest western team will be standing in his way. He’s no longer considered as the MVP in the league. He’s no longer the fastest. But he’ll always be one of a kind.
He plays in 7 NBA Finals so far. He has the sixth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals and he has two NBA Championships so far. Can he win a title with Cleveland Cavaliers?
The Old(er) LeBron James
Lebron is currently 31 and will turn 32 in December. This is not too old for an NBA star, but he might be at the end of his prime. Dirk Nowitzki is still going strong at age 37 and Kevin Garnett is playing till he’s 40. But how quickly will father time catch LBJ?
We’ve lost countless good NBA players to injuries. A career like the one Lebron is having, rises or falls depending on injuries. He depends on his athleticism, strength and speed so a knee injury, for example, would be lethal for his career.
The Future Brings...
Lebron got at least 3 good seasons left. He will be an All-Star until he retires and he will make multiple all NBA teams. His scoring might drop to 22-24 ppg. He will probably stay in Cleveland and will take a pay cut to bring in more fresh talent.
He’ll probably act as a mentor to many rookies and sophomores in his last few seasons.
I think that at the end of his career Lebron will be second All-Time on the scoring list and probably top ten in assists. He will have won 4 MVP’s and 4 rings. He will be considered the best small forward of all time together with Larry Bird.
I think he will retire at age 37. He will be known for his countless rivalries with Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. He will be known for his countless ways of scoring and his powerful dunks. And in my opinion, yes, he will be known for bringing a championship to Cleveland…