LeBron James had one of the best games so far this season against the Trail Blazers as he scored 31 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 8 assists in 33 minutes of play, helping the Lakers take their 8th win of the season (128-109).
At the age of 37 he is still one of the best players in the league. After the game LeBron was asked about adjusting his game as he gets older, similarly to what Kobe Bryant did.
“My game has evolved and I don’t have to rely on super duper athleticism to be effective,” the four-time NBA champion said. “For the first 11-12 years of my career I was just super duper athletic and I could be not as efficient and not be as dialed on the actual game of basketball. I could go in and just figure things out once I jumped in air.
“My first few years I knew if I can take off, I was going to be there a lot longer than you, you was going to land before me. Then I’d figure out after that.
“But I’m also smart enough to know that in order for me to be the best player I need to be, I got to continue to grow my game. A lot of teams and a lot of coaches helped me.
“Coach Pop helped me by going under pick and rolls constantly, Dwane Casey and his defense that he had against me when we went against Dallas in the Finals in Miami helped me. Rick Carlisle as well.
“A lot of those coaches helped me get better because I knew that in order for me to be the best player I can be and one of the greatest of all time, I couldn’t have no weakness.”
This season James is averaging 25.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 35.5 minutes per game.