The “kid from Akron” has a lot to prove: following the Lakers’ atrocious 2021-22 season, James needs to show that he can still lead a team to greatness…or at least the postseason.
But there is a lot standing in his way: the crowded Western Conference (featuring both Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard once again, by the way), a dysfunctional Lakers under a new coach, and the demanding pressures created by age.
However, James and his team feel confident about their superstar MVP.
Not new to this 👑 pic.twitter.com/4xhc45KvF7
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 30, 2022
It’s wild to think that James is about to start year 20 in the league.
Based on the latest photo posted by the Lakers, he doesn’t look like a man who has played for two decades and is on the verge of celebrating his 38th birthday.
James looks ripped, strong, and fired up.
He looks like a straight-up beast and he will need to act like one if he hopes to get the Lakers back on track.
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James entered the league in 2003.
Think about how long ago that was: there was no iPhone, no Facebook, and no HD television.
Since then, James has gone on to win four Finals, four MVPs, be named an All-Star 18 times, and has averaged 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7.4 assists.
Yes, he has had quite the career.
Seeing James average more than 30 points a game at 37 is jaw-dropping but it’s not enough to make the Lakers playoff contenders.
For the 2022-23 season, James and his squad will all need to work together better than ever before, or else they’ll be wasting their precious time.