LeBron James entered the NBA in 2003 as the No. 1 overall pick at the age of 18. Since then, he’s won four championships, four Finals MVPs, and four regular-season MVPs. LeBron is also the only player in NBA history to rank top-10 all-time in points and assists. He’s had an illustrious career, and he’s still playing at a high level this season despite being 36 and having a ton of miles on his body.
LeBron will turn 37 on December 30, 2021. Although basketball doesn’t define the King since he’s a great father and philanthropist, the small forward has spent half his life in the NBA, and he can’t believe it.
LeBron James reacts to learning he has spent half his life in the NBA
SB Nation’s Brady Klopfer tweeted that LeBron has spent exactly half his life in the NBA. The future Hall of Famer saw the tweet and couldn’t believe the ridiculous stat.
LeBron has played for three NBA teams: the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers. He spent the first seven years of his career with the Cavaliers before signing with the Heat in the summer of 2010. After playing four years in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and winning two championships, LeBron went back to Cleveland in 2014 to finish some unfinished business.
LBJ led the Cavaliers to the 2016 championship over the 73-9 Golden State Warriors. Cleveland became the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals, and LeBron finally brought that elusive championship to his hometown team.
In the summer of 2018, LeBron signed with the Lakers, the team he currently plays for. Although Los Angeles missed the playoffs in 2018-19, the Chosen One made sure the 2019-20 campaign was historic.
LeBron James made history in 2019-20
In his second season with the Lakers, LeBron guided the purple and gold to the championship over his former team, the Heat. Los Angeles defeated Miami in the 2020 Finals in six games, and LeBron made history by becoming the first player ever to win three Finals MVPs with three different teams.
When you spend half your life in the NBA, you’re going to achieve many remarkable feats. LeBron has already passed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant on the all-time scoring list. He now has to pass Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the best scorer in NBA history, and odds are he will attain that goal barring a career-ending injury.
It’s been a treat to watch LeBron play in the NBA since 2003. The Akron Hammer is a once-in-a-generation player, and basketball fans should appreciate his greatness while they still can.
There will never be another King James
There will never be another LeBron in the NBA. The Akron native is not only the greatest all-around player ever, but he’s also had a prime that has lasted longer than anyone could have imagined.
LeBron has career averages of 27.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists. He’s averaged at least 25.0 points in every season except his rookie year and is second in NBA history in player efficiency rating. Only his idol, Jordan, had a better PER.
It remains to be seen if LeBron will win another championship before his career ends. However, doubting the 17-time All-Star wouldn’t be the wise thing to do. After all, he’s a walking history book and a player who has silenced his critics ever since he was 17.