This summer, LeBron James heard criticism and doubt surrounding his name.
After he failed to reach the postseason for the first time in over a decade, James dwindled into the back-burner as others like Kawhi, KD, and Steph took his place.
Now, this upcoming season, with Anthony Davis, a revamped roster, and much-needed rest, some are inclined to think LBJ will be due for a serious comeback. One of those voices includes James’ own former teammate, Richard Jefferson.
Here’s what he said about his expectations for The King this upcoming season:
“LeBron James will be the best player in basketball again,” Jefferson said. “Now, will he be the LeBron James from ’08, chasing down blocks–no. But he is going to do so many different things. And with Kyle Kuzma and Anthony Davis on his team, he’s going to be able to be that dominant guy again.”
“I think he understands the disrespect. He’s felt it over the course of his career at different levels. Now, it’s you’re old, you had your first injury. Now you’re not that guy anymore,” Jefferson continued. “But I think really and truly, he’s more focused on proving to people that basketball is the most important thing to him. And the only way to do that is to go and destroy as many people as possible.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 12, 2019
It’s no secret that LeBron has always taken exceptional care of his body. Despite the mileage, he has always been in peak physical condition.
The injury in his latest campaign, however, has drawn questions about his durability going forward. Those questions will no doubt trickle their way forward as the season draws near.
Still, perhaps it isn’t the best idea to count out LeBron, not with all he has had to endure these past few months. We have all seen first-hand how much he is capable of.