(via The Spokesman-Review)

At 34-years-old, there was plenty of chatter that LeBron James had already begun his inevitable decline. James, hearing it all, sat back and waited for his play do the talking.

So far this season, his performance has told us all everything we needed to hear.

But for those who ever doubted his ability to bounce back after a rough campaign last year, James delivered a special and clever message.

While James may not be able to jump as high as he used to, he is having, arguably, one of his best seasons as a pro. Defensively, he has re-discovered his spark and is leading the Lakers to one of the best defensive ratings in the league.

This season alone he is averaging 26 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 10.5 assists per game, some of the best marks of his career.

The season is still young, and there is still plenty of basketball to be played, but James is proving to be elite even at this advanced age. So don’t try to tell him that his time is up or that he’s “washed,” because he’s not going to hear any of it.