On Oct. 24, the National Basketball Association (NBA) will kick off its new season with a matchup between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Among the players that many will be excited to see is LeBron James, who will enter the 21st run of his career and is now the oldest active player in the league. He turns 39 in December.
On Thursday (Oct. 5), the NBA shared a short clip on Twitter that saw a reporter ask James about how it feels to have the aforementioned designation. In humorous fashion, the four-time champion let out a scream before delivering a monster dunk, a reminder to anyone who thinks he might’ve lost some of his ability due to his age.
During a recent media day interview with Spectrum SportsNet, James spoke on how he continues to compete against younger players for another ring. “I think it all starts with the mind, obviously,” he said. “You know, the mind controls everything. I think being able to keep my mind fresh… allows my body to kind of follow after that. Then [I’m] able to continue to step into the gym and continue to prepare myself for another season. I felt like I had a heck of a summer.”
He also revealed the reasons behind his decision to return to the court, which included his athlete sons, 18-year-old Bronny James and 16-year-old Bryce James, and strides made by the Lakers front office and coaching staff during the off months.
“To be honest, if I want to keep it all the way real, the job that [Coach Darvin Ham] and [General Manager Rob Pelinka] did with acquisitions that we got coming in, that kind of inspired me too,” LeBron explained. “I feel like we got a really good team. They did a great job this summer being able to re-sign some of the guys we already had here with the camaraderie.’’