LeBron James has been toying with his opponents ever since he entered the NBA all the way back in 2003. The four-time MVP and future Hall of Famer has won four titles and four Finals MVPs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and LA Lakers and is the only player in NBA history to rank top 10 all-time in points and assists.
In his 18th season in the NBA, James is still the best player in the world. Not only is The King defying father time by playing at an elite level at the age of 36, but LeBron is disrespecting other teams along the way.
LeBron James may never slow down
LeBron James’ critics have been waiting for him to slow down and look human. However, the 16-time All-Star continues to show he’s not from this planet and was built in a lab somewhere.
In his 18th season in the NBA, James is averaging 24.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.5 assists while shooting 48.6% from the field and 36.0% from beyond the arc. The Lakers are once again atop the Western Conference standings and appear well on their way to repeating as NBA champions.
We have never seen a player dominate the NBA for as long as LeBron has. Eventually, the Lakers superstar will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James is currently the third leading scoring in NBA history.
During his younger days on the Cavs and Heat, LeBron had some monster dunks that are illegal in most states. The former Rookie of the Year is still dunking the ball with the Lakers despite having a lot of mileage on his body, but James is now insulting his rivals in a completely different fashion.
LeBron James turned his back before his 3-pointer went in vs. Houston
In the Lakers’ blowout win over the Houston Rockets, LeBron James channeled his inner Stephen Curry by turning his back before his 3-pointer went in. After James sank the shot, LA’s bench went crazy, as they couldn’t believe what LeBron just did.
This has to be one of the most savage things James has ever done on a basketball court. Curry is the greatest shooter of all time, so he’s accustomed to trolling other teams with his jump shot. LeBron’s shot was extra awe-inspiring since he’s never been that reliable of a 3-point shooter.
The rest of the NBA may as well give up if James is this confident with his jumper. The Lakers have an elite offense and defense with LeBron and Anthony Davis leading the way, and the team’s chemistry appears to be robust.
The Chosen One is looking to win his fifth title and fifth Finals MVP this season. While there are still many games left in the regular season, James and the Lakers play like a team that knows they are the juggernaut of the NBA.
Dennis Schroder explains the epic shot by King James
LeBron James turned his back and looked directly at Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder during his epic 3-point shot against the Rockets. Schroder says he bet James $100 on the shot. Since he’s a once-in-a-generation player, LeBron took the bet while shooting the ball and decided to look Schroder in the eye while his shot was still in the air.
James could go down as the best basketball player of all time when it’s all said and done. Right now, Michael Jordan holds that throne, but with the way LeBron is playing in Year 18, the Lakers star could realistically put together a better basketball résumé than MJ before he retires.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.