How Long Can LeBron Fight Father Time?

Maybe he is Benjamin Buttons. Maybe he is Clark Kent. LeBron James had been submitted to a medical evaluation and results showed that he has a body of a 19 year-old.

LeBron was drafted first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, and since had played 13 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. Most players see their game decline after hitting their 30th birthday due to the grueling NBA regular season schedule and in James’ case, the NBA post seasons must also be factored in.

In the past 13 seasons he’s played in the NBA, he had notched an incredible 8722 minutes, which would have equaled to an extra 181 full length regulation game. In addition to that, most players would have had the benefit of resting during the post season (had their teams not been qualified to participate).

While obviously James had been blessed with superhuman genes which attributed to his unique combination of size and athleticism, his work ethic had often taken a backseat from the spotlight as a result. According to Ben Simmons of the Ben Simmons podcast,  James had committed to his workout regime and body recovery to the extent that he parts with $1.5 million in pursuit of sustained athletic prowess (which when compared to his net worth of $485 million it quickly seem quite insignificant).

Well, he’s replicated the gym that whatever team — whether it was Miami or Cleveland — he’s replicated all the equipment they have in the team’s gym in his house. He has two trainers. Everywhere he goes, he has a trainer with him.” I’m paraphrasing what he told me, so I might not be getting all these facts right. He’s got chefs. He has all the science of how to sleep. All these different things. Masseuses. Everything he does in his life is constructed to have him play basketball and to stay on the court and to be as healthy as possible and to absorb punishment when he goes into the basket and he gets crushed by people.

As incredible an athletic Lebron James is, it is apparent that he leaves nothing to chance and it has shown this 2016-2017 post season, where he is currently averaging 34.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 7.1 apg. On top of that, he is also making his mark defensively, notching 2.1 spg and 1.5 bpg. To be doing this while carrying his team to sweep the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs against Paul George’s Indiana Pacers and the All-Star backcourt of DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry in Toronto at the (ripe) age of 32 is a testament to James’ god sent gifts and his own dedication to remain on the hardwood.

The average career length of an NBA player is at about 5-6 years, and the average age of retirement for NBA players is at about 32-33 years old. Barring significant injuries to James, it may just be possible for James to continue his career and chase the ghost in Chicago to a 6th championship well into his late 30s.


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