News on October 13, Beijing time, the Los Angeles Lakers got their wish and won the first NBA championship in the post-Kobe era. LeBron James, when he was almost 36 years old, became the oldest player to win a triple-double in the Finals, and then won his fourth championship and his fourth finals MVP.
It is said that James "has no progress" in 17 years and has maintained a competitive level. Eight years ago, he led the Heat to win their first championship, so in comparison, what is the difference between the current self and the self back then? Has he really not regressed with age?
After the game, the American media host asked James in an interview: "Everyone likes to compare. I am not going to compare you with others. But I want you to compare you to 35 years old, a little white beard, and a little hair on the top of your head. LeBron, who is sparsely available, and LeBron, who has just won his first career title at the age of 27. In terms of competition and mentality, where is the 35-year-old LeBron better than when he was 27?"
James smiled and replied: "The 35-year-old LeBron will tell the 27-year-old LeBron:'You don't know your game, you just stay on the surface and don't go deep. You don't know what you have.' So you Let the 35-year-old LeBron and the 27-year-old LeBron face each other, the 35-year-old LeBron can dominate the 27-year-old from only the spiritual level, and he will dominate the 27-year-old him 7 years ago. And the 27-year-old LeBron There is no chance, even if he has super athletic ability, he has no chance."
The regression of James' athletic ability is unavoidable. No one can maintain peak physical fitness at this age. However, his understanding of basketball and his control of the game have evolved to a terrifying class, and his leadership skills are not comparable. After winning his fourth championship, James boasted that he still had several years of peak, which is what the Lakers hope to see.