Max Kellerman says LeBron James might not be the best player in the world anymore and is actually starting to decline.
LeBron James has been the perfect example for longevity coupled with greatness. The level of production we’ve witnessed on the court from LeBron James over the past 18 years has consistently been Hall-of-Fame worthy. Every time it was believed that James would in fact start to decline, skill-wise, it would merely turn out to be a cold stretch in his season as he would revert to his old, dominant self shortly afterwards.
A statline of 30 points and 12 assists could be expected of a 20-year-old LeBron James and also a 36-year-old LeBron James. This can be attributed to the immense amount of work and dedication the ‘King’ puts in towards keeping his body in near mint condition.
Everything from switching up his rigorous workouts to better suit his body at a particular age to spending over $1 million on body maintenance, the 4x MVP prioritizes wnating to be the best for as long as possible.
Max Kellerman believes we are witnessing LeBron James’s decline from being the best player in the world.
In light of the recent injuries that have plagued LeBron, Max Kellerman took to First Take to boldly claim that father time has finally caught up with the 2020 Finals MVP.
“Yes, we are seeing the decline of LeBron James. A couple of days ago, he said that he doubts he’ll ever be a 100% again in his career. 100% means 100% of what you have been. When the dust settles and the smoke clears, it’s clear he’s still the best player in the world. Are we still sure of that?”
.@maxkellerman believes we are seeing the decline of LeBron James.
“He’s still the best player in the world? Are we still sure about that?” pic.twitter.com/gE8BN428q8
— First Take (@FirstTake) May 5, 2021
LeBron James has most definitely had a rollercoaster of a season. He went from being neck-and-neck with Joel Embiid for the 2021 MVP near All-Star break and has now been booted from the top 10 leaderboard all while looking like a shell of himself after coming back from injury.
The injury he sustained against the Atlanta Hawks in mid-March did appear to be a serious one as his ankle sprain took well over a month to recover. After returning late-April, he re-aggravated this same injury. It seems as though the Lakers will have to dig deep if they want to duplicate last season’s Playoff success.