The Los Angeles Lakers have had most of the greatest players in NBA history playing for them, but some of them — like Wilt Chamberlain or Karl Malone — were already past their prime when they joined the team.
LeBron James’ case is rather similar.
He was still a superstar by all means, and even led them to an NBA championship, but his best days were behind him, as he joined the Lakers in the final stage of his career.
Fast forward to today, and it seems like Father Time has finally caught up with the league’s all-time leading scorer.
At least, that’s what Alan Hahn seems to think, going as far as to compare him with an “old iPhone,” and citing that his battery is drained and will never go back to 100%.
.@alanhahn thinks father time has caught up to LeBron 😳
"LeBron James' battery is drained. It's like an old iPhone. When you plug it in and try to charge it up, it never gets back to 100 percent." pic.twitter.com/VBhP1MwRLr
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 19, 2023
Looking at the big picture, that’s more than normal.
James has been in the NBA for 20 years, averaging over 38 minutes a night and playing deep into the postseason more often than not.
He’s got a lot of miles on his legs, and even though he’s always taken elite care of his body, some regression was expected at some point in time.
Moreover, James is coming off putting up 30 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists to close out the reigning NBA champions just one week ago, and he was one rebound shy of a triple-double in Game 2 vs. the Denver Nuggets.
The expectations about James are never going to be normal, but neither is what he’s doing at age 38 at this point in the playoffs.NEXT: Skip Bayless Reacts To Lakers' Game 2 Loss To Nuggets