Entering his 21st season in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James shows no signs of slowing down.
During the team’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka told ESPN’s Ross Gold-Onwude that he believes James is already ready for this deep into his career. Performance sets new standards.
“It’s been great to see him attack in the offseason, it’s almost like his rookie year in the league,” Pelinka said at the 1:00 mark. “He’s been in our building at six or seven in the morning and has been working out a lot with Rui (Hachimura) and some of the other young guys. So I think his energy in the ’21 class is unbelievable and we haven’t seen anything like Things like that.” It, but it defines his leadership and the way he works and approaches the game. “
James scored 12 points and dished out five assists in 18 minutes in Friday’s 129-125 loss.
Although James will turn 39 in December, it’s clear that James is motivated to help the Lakers chase another championship after losing to the Denver Nuggets in last season’s Western Conference Finals. He hopes to have a healthy season in 2023-24, as he hasn’t appeared in more than 60 games since 2019-20, the last time he helped Los Angeles win a title.
The Lakers have another preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.