In his 19th season, Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James is showing again why he’s a one-of-a-kind talent. James put that on full display on Sunday night after throwing down an impressive reverse two-handed dunk against the Houston Rockets. Following the contest, he delivered a stern message to his doubters.
LeBron James off to a promising start in his 19th season
James has shown no drop in his play through the first couple of weeks in his 19th campaign.
The 36-year-old experienced an injury scare involving his right leg, but he’s worked past the situation. He’s averaging 23.8 points, 6.4 assists, and 5.8 assists while shooting 43.6% from the floor. James has tallied three 20-point performances while registering four straight contests with at least two steals.
Although he’s cooled off with his 3-point shooting the last two games, he began the season hitting at least four 3-pointers in each of the first three contests. Beyond that, James continues to prove he’s an ageless wonder through his physical play despite being nearly two decades into his career.
The 17-time All-Star had another moment where left everyone in awe, to which he gave a nonchalant response.
Lebron James is proving he’s still an ageless wonder, and it doesn’t surprise him one bit
During Sunday’s win against the Rockets, James provided a clear reminder of how much he has left in the tank physically.
The 36-year-old left social media buzzing after racing past rookie Jalen Green in transition to throw down a nasty reverse dunk over Green and Kevin Porter Jr. James demonstrated no drop off in his athleticism as he remains a one-of-a-kind physical specimen.
After the contest, the four-time league MVP voiced that he wasn’t surprised by his ability due to his tireless work to prepare his body.
“I don’t surprise myself because I know how much work I put into my craft and my body and preparing myself for the game,” James said, via Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times. “So I’m able to go out and do some things that other people are still questioning how I’m able to still do.”
The further James moves into his career, the greater the expectations become that he will experience a decline. However, he continues to push Father Time back by displaying impressive moments like that. James’ dedication to his craft and body health has maintained his high level of play into his 19th season.
At his age, players are typically well into their physical decline as their bodies break down from the years of wear and tear. He hasn’t experienced that drop-off just yet, as he’s still making plays like that leave everyone in amazement. Meanwhile, James still sees it as another day in the office.
Lakers continue to take strides forward
Beyond James‘ mind-boggling performance, the Lakers are progressively showing signs of improvement.
Los Angeles enters Tuesday game against the Rockets, having won four out of their last five contests. The lone slip-up over that stretch occurred after losing a 26-point lead to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Lakers are coming off their best defensive showing after limiting Houston to 85 points, including 20 or fewer points allowed in each of the first three quarters. They forced 27 turnovers, marking the most committed by an opponent since Jan. 24, 2000, against the Utah Jazz.
Russell Westbrook is displaying more comfort playing alongside James and Anthony Davis, averaging triple-double type numbers with 18.3 points, 8.7 assists, and 8.7 rebounds. Meanwhile, Davis remains the offensive anchor behind a team-best 24.7 points on 49.0% shooting. Carmelo Anthony is excelling in his offensive role as he’s averaging 16.7 points on 52.2% from beyond the arc.
It’s extremely early in the season, but the Lakers are making encouraging strides forward.