Everyone keeps waiting for LeBron James to slow down just enough, to lose just a touch of his explosiveness, to get nicked up a bit more than usual so that we can imagine the end of his era of dominance. Not yet.
For all the sane, sober worries about the Cavaliers' abysmal start to the season, LeBron has carried Cleveland like he always does. The Cavs have won 10 straight games, and LeBron is having one of his three best regular seasons ever, which is saying something.
This is unreal! This is Year 15 for LeBron. He should not be near or at his peak in Year 15, not when his peak is Potentially The Greatest Ever. He's set to move into the top 20 in regular-season minutes played this year; this spring, he'll likely pass Tim Duncan to become No. 1 all time in playoff minutes played. He turns 33 at the end of the month, and he's still running a league with a flood of incredible talents age 29 and under.
LeBron is one of 19 current NBA players who is in his 15th season or later. Only six others are regular starters (Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Zach Randolph, Dirk Nowitzki, and Zaza Pachulia). None is close to the best player on his team. Only Melo has nearly as large a role as LeBron does.
As I said, this is unreal. LeBron shouldn't be able to be this good after this long. There's no greater point here. Just appreciate it. We are all witnesses to one of the greatest ever, right here and right now.
Scores Galore ...
CLE 121, ATL 114
PHI 97, BOS 108
CHI 110, DEN 111
MIL 103, POR 91
UTA 126, LAC 107
... And So Much More
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Be excellent to each other.