LeBron James is 25 points away from 30,000 points for his career. He will be the youngest to do so. This could very well happen today against the Oklahoma City Thunder. At 33 years of age, he doesn’t look like he’s ready to slow down yet.
Let’s look at his career numbers. 27.1 PPG, 7.3 APG, 7.1 RPG, 38.8 MPG. Compare that to this season’s stats. 27.0, 8.0, 8.7. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon, folks. He’s a highlight reel, he’s a competitor, he’s still the best player in the league 15 years in. You don’t have to like the guy, we all know he’s done things to turn some fans off. But you have to enjoy watching him.
The knock on him at one point was that he wasn’t clutch. He proved those people wrong, myself included, when he put up a triple double to win Game 7 in the 2016 Finals. He expects everyone on the court with him to play at their highest level at all times. This has gotten him a reputation as someone who is difficult to play with. But this man knows how to win. He got accused of chasing a ring when he went to Miami. That was probably accurate. But then he went back home to Cleveland and won one there. In Cleveland. The city known for not winning anything.
I’ve never been one to entertain the conversations of who’s greater; Michael, Kobe, LeBron etc. You can’t compare a shooting guard from the 90s with a small forward of today. But he is the greatest small forward to ever play. My starting 5? Magic, Michael, LeBron, Tim Duncan, Bill Russell. I get it, not everyone will agree. But Michael & LeBron should be on everyone’s list.
So watch the game today; or don’t. I’ll be watching. Like I’ve said before, I like watching winners. LeBron is a winner.