LeBron James is one of the most accomplished and talented basketball players of all time. He is now a 19-time NBA All-Star, 4-time MVP, and 4-time NBA champion. Throughout his 20-year career, he has played for three teams: the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He has also played in a total of 1,405 regular season games as of today, which is an extremely impressive feat in itself.
LeBron’s professional career began in 2003 when he was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played for the Cavaliers for seven seasons, from 2003 to 2010, during which time he played in 548 games. He then moved to the Miami Heat, where he played for four seasons, from 2010 to 2014. During that time, he played 294 games.
He then returned to the Cavaliers for four seasons, from 2014 to 2018, during which time he played in 301 games. Finally, he joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 and has played for them since. As of 2023, he has played in 262 games for the Lakers. If we count his 266 playoff games played, that takes his tally of total games played in his career to 1,671.
What is the secret to the longevity of LeBron James?
Back in 2020, before the start of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Heat, coach Erik Spoelstra admired LeBron’s longevity, saying, “He’s seen everything. At this point in his career, it’s just about winning. And his ability to do what he does at his age is incredibly uncommon. But there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to be able to maintain that.”
2013 MVP This Season
(28 Years Old) (38 Years Old)
26.8 PPG 29.8 PPG
8.0 RPG 8.5 RPG
7.3 APG 6.9 APG
56.5 FG% 50.8 FG%
BRON IS STILL THE BEST A DECADE LATER 👑 pic.twitter.com/IWGyjnMII7
— Lakers Lead (@LakersLead) January 23, 2023
Over the course of his career, LeBron has been incredibly durable and has missed very few games. He has also played in every game of a season once in his career, in the 2017-18 season. He is known for his rigorous training and workout regimen, which has helped him to maintain his health and fitness throughout his career.
LeBron’s longevity and consistency have been major factors in his success. He has been able to maintain a high level of performance throughout his career and has consistently been one of the best players in the league. He has also been able to adapt his game to different teams and different coaches throughout his career.
It is said that availability is the best ability, and LeBron’s consistent availability throughout his career is why he has been one of the best players in the league for such a long time, while also breaking numerous records. Currently, with 38,230 career points, he is inching closer to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 points tally, which is the current NBA record for total career points. With the way he’s going, he’s not only going to break it, but also set a new one that might not be broken any time soon.
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