Friday, January 27, 2023

happy birthday lebron james between the divine and the human

At just 38 years old, no one has taken the cocktail that combines longevity with excellence to such an extreme. LeBron James, with the second most minutes on the court in NBA history (already over 64,000), seems oblivious to the passage of time and, considering he is competing in his twentieth season as a professional, completely Maintains exceptional peak performance.

In fact, to celebrate his last anniversary and with his wife (Savannah) and his mother (Gloria) in attendance—both in the stands—James reached 47 points in Atlanta, where the Lakers came from behind to win (121–130). ). The first time James reached 40 points in the NBA and the latter, 18 years and 278 days have passed, the longest stretch ever recorded in American competition for two performances of that nature.

James is averaging over 28-points this season, an anomaly considering any record at that point in his career. For relevance, the next highest scoring average during the twentieth season is that of Kobe Bryant (2016), who is below 18 points. The following examples, held by other giants such as Dirk Nowitzki (2018) or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1989), didn’t even reach 13.

After all, time, displayed in the form of physical and mental exhaustion, has been used throughout history to continually diminish the athlete, making even men who possess an aura of divinity seem mundane. It seems James, for his part, continues to avoid its influence. Even as a challenge to the inevitable.

LeBron, who has already surpassed Earvin Magic Johnson on the all-time assists list — he’ll certainly finish the course in the top 4 — and is just weeks away from surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s mark and becoming the all-time leading scorer. away, maintains a pulse with itself in a perpetual gallop towards sporting immortality.

Within an illustrious career, with countless achievements and milestones, each one more overwhelming, James can lay claim to being the only player in history to win a championship, series for the title with three different franchises (Miami). Selected as best player. Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers). However, as well as in his eternal pursuit of Michael Jordan’s formidable and infinite shadow behind him, nothing seems to be enough.

At this point, James remains active under the spell of two dreams. One, on an emotional level, is built upon the choice to be reunited with his son Bronnie in the NBA, an unprecedented event in the league’s history. His eldest son, born in October 2004, could be selected in the 2024 draft, and LeBron has thoroughly studied that scenario, including a clause in his final contract with the Lakers that allows him to retire that summer. In, may be a free agent in the summer of 2024. The reason would be to link his future with his eldest son and, in the context of that idyllic life, share a team.

The second dream, which is more focused on professional ambition, is still matching Jordan’s six rings. However, having four in his possession complicates the scenario. And given the current state of the Lakers, a franchise at a competitive crossroads is unlikely either.

Angelino was last declared champion two years ago in October 2020, but a lot has changed since then. The cast that surrounded James completely disappeared, except for his main track partner, Anthony Davis, a giant with feet of clay. And it’s that Davis, the ideal internal reference to complement the Akron wonder, has lost half the Lakers’ games since then.

Management, led by Rob Pelinka, is building blocks and undoing even without Frank Vogel, the coach who led the Angelenos to a title in 2020. And James, with his share of responsibility, did not know how to manage the power of decision. Which was given from the offices. A power that, as is common among players of its size, ended the project at the point of no return.

Their firm belief in betting on Russell Westbrook’s figure, prioritizing his arrival in the summer of 2021, left no room for maneuver to reform the project. With Pelinka’s approval, James understood that a purebred man like Westbrook could free him from the ball and act as the third vertex of the triangle formed by Davis and himself. However, reality arrived just in time to end any hope. Her sporting fitness has been an enigma and her very high contract has made any transfer around her figure utopian.

This is why James, who often only needs two ingredients to qualify for the championship during his career, has a good defensive collective environment and triple support to punish the opponent’s double brand. , finds that the current Lakers lack both. As such, a few days ago turned into a massive challenge to translate his words into action, insisting he wanted to “compete” and use his past career efforts on a project without title aspirations. don’t want to

Thus his path to legend—to which he agrees on his own merits—contrasts, these days, with the deviant project he himself leads. Evidence, at the same time, of his divine side and his human face.

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