As it often loves to prove, father time is undefeated.

It comes for every player at some point in their careers and while it strikes some sooner than others, it’s an inevitable fact of pro-sports.

At 34-years old, LeBron is pretty close to falling off that dreaded cliff. Yet, if you ask him, he intends to keep on playing anyway, with hopes of postponing the effects of an aging and aching body.

(via ESPN)

“I got a lot more game to play. I got a lot. A ton more years to play this game and suit up and be in a Lakers uniform. Once we get to that point, we’ll cross that path. Hopefully, I can sit up here and answer questions as a player for a long time.”

This season, we may already be seeing some signs of slowing down. LeBron has sat out nearly a fourth of the season with a concerningly nagging groin injury and lost much of his conditioning in the process. And while he’s still playing well enough, the Lakers will need James at peak level if they want a chance at the postseason.

And with three additional years left on his max deal, he’s got a few more years left in Los Angeles. What happens after that, or at what level he’ll be at, is a mystery, but if anybody can push back the effects of time, it’s got to be LeBron, who has proved continually that he can never be counted out.