Father Time is undefeated against NBA competition.
And for the first time since 2003, it seems like it may have caught up with the only one who had gotten away thus far.
LeBron James is finally looking human, and it became more evident when he shockingly missed a wide-open dunk against the Denver Nuggets.
The 38-year-old veteran was ready to make a statement with one of his signature reverse dunks, and the ball just slipped through his fingertips.
Another W slips away from the Lakers in Game 2 😅 pic.twitter.com/IPZv31km8j
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 19, 2023
Needless to say, that led to plenty of comments on social media, both from people mocking James, and others sad because the end of an era is coming.
Today's loss spells trouble for the Lakers. The Nuggets have the series in their grasp, and losing Austin Reeves to free agency is the price. Nuggets in 5, no doubt about it. 🙌🏻
— Jamal (@Gibbo_2010) May 19, 2023
Lakers got the call from DraftKings
— Johnathan (@theprism89) May 19, 2023
MJ would never choke for his team once, nonetheless now two games in a row hahah
— Tyler Kostelny (@tkostelny88) May 19, 2023
Naw. Bro it really happen like that
— PlaybyPlayBark (@playbyplaybark) May 19, 2023
Looking real old rn
— RamonL (@RamonLiranzo) May 19, 2023
— Ryan O’Leary (@Freakinbuttons) May 19, 2023
James has been far from his usual self throughout the playoffs, yet he still managed to put up 22 points, nine rebounds, and ten assists on nearly 50% shooting.
He’s making the most of that elite supporting cast he has, as he should, but it seems like he’s starting to lose that explosiveness and burst to the rim.
LeBron is also struggling to knock down shots from beyond the arc, taking questionable shots and settling more often than not, perhaps because he knows he cannot afford to drive through the lane every single time like he used to do.
Even so, expecting a 38-year-old to be the best player on the floor is simply not realistic, and it speaks volumes of James’ greatness.
No other player had been able to put up these numbers in their 20th season in the league, and no other will likely do it.
But all good things come to an end, so his haters better enjoy him while they still can.NEXT: Lakers Fans Can Be Encouraged By A LeBron Conference Finals Stat