During a segment about LA Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James on his show called Stephen A’s World, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith called out the “young players” in the NBA for embarrassing themselves next to The King.
James is 36-years-old and in his 18th season, and he’s still the best player in the NBA. Not only does Stephen A. believe the four-time champion should be the MVP this season, but the ESPN personality thinks the younger players in the NBA need to look themselves in the mirror and start taking better care of their bodies.
Stephen A. Smith praises LeBron James’ reliability in his 18th NBA season
LeBron James has never suffered a major injury during his historic NBA career. He’s arguably the most reliable player in league history since he’s always available for his team and playing at a high level.
Thus far this season, James has only missed one game. He’s averaging 25.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.0 assists while shooting 51.3% from the field, 36.7% from beyond the arc, and 69.9% from the free-throw line. These are incredible numbers for anyone, but especially for James, who has a ton of miles on his body.
Stephen A. Smith and LeBron aren’t friends, but even the ESPN star can’t help but marvel at James’ durability. No one in the NBA takes better care of their body than The Chosen One, and it shows year after year.
Despite Anthony Davis being out with an injury, the Lakers are in second place in the Western Conference standings thanks to LeBron James’ brilliance. Since Kevin Durant and Joel Embiid have missed games due to injury, Stephen A. Smith believes James is in the MVP lead.
Stephen A. Smith says ‘young players’ should be embarrassed
While praising LeBron James’ reliability, Stephen A. Smith called out the “young players” in the NBA for embarrassing themselves next to James. The ESPN superstar said there’s no way a 36-year-old player should be the most reliable player in the NBA.
“News flash. LeBron James is 36-years-old, in his 18th year in the league. These young players should be embarrassed that LeBron James is still the most reliable player in basketball,” Smith said. “Absolutely embarrassed. Clearly, he takes care of himself better than they do. LeBron is still the most physically fit because he still outworks everyone to get his body in shape to play a full season and the playoffs. That’s why he’s the greatest player of this generation. That’s why he’s the greatest player of this season.”
It’s a little strange to hear Stephen A. Smith praise LeBron James this much, considering the 53-year-old is usually critical of the future Hall of Famer. However, it’s impossible to ignore how special LeBron is. The fact that he’s still the most dominant player in the NBA despite being 36 and having played so many minutes speaks to how incredible James’ body is.
LeBron James needs one more MVP to tie Michael Jordan
LeBron James has won four MVPs during his career. Meanwhile, Michael Jordan won five with the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers forward hasn’t won an MVP award since the 2012-13 season, so you know James is motivated to win it this season.
If he doesn’t capture the MVP this season, though, LeBron James will use it as fuel as he did last season to capture another title.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.