ISANG ‘all-time level’ ang nilalaro ni LeBron James papasok sa NBA Finals kung saan hindi hadlang sa 33-anyos na superstar ang kanyang edad upang mapalawig ang kalakasan ng kanyang career.
“They always kind of talked about the NBA prime is like 27 and like 31, 32. That’s if you’re lucky, you’ll get to that point,” wika ni James. “I’ve just never really bought into that.”
Nauna nang sinabi ni James ngayong season na, “This is the best I’ve felt in my career…. And I continue to just play at an all-time-level standard for the rest of this season. Hopefully I can continue it in this Finals also.”
Ginawa ni James ang pahayag sa bisperas ng kanyang ika-8 sunod na NBA Finals appearance, at ika-9 sa kabuuan, kung saan pangungunahan niya ang Cleveland Cavaliers sa ika-4 na sunod na championship series laban sa Golden State Warriors, na nagtatangka sa kanilang ikatlong titulo sa apat na seasons.
Hindi tiyak ang lebel na mapoprodyus ni James sa finals makaraang sumalang sa 100 games sa season at playoffs magmula noong Oktubre.
“The level that I can play at is to be seen, but the level I put into the game and put into my craft is who I am,” ani James.
“So numbers and things like that kind of take care of itself. But for me, I understand and I know how much I put into the game. So everything else is OK.
“I don’t really have a ceiling. I want to just try to maximize as much as I can and be as good as I can.”
Pinangunahan ni James ang Cavaliers sa playoffs na may 34.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.4 steals at 1.1 blocked shots kada laro.
“It’s amazing to watch,” wika ni Cavs forward Jeff Green. “That guy has done everything for us. He’s playing outstanding, amazing, phenomenal basketball in year 15. I’ve seen him play some great games, but collectively his playoffs have been truly remarkable.”