LeBron James delivered another age-defying performance in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 117-88 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday, putting together a triple-double with 19 points, 14 assists, and 11 boards. At 31, James is entering a phase in his NBA career where the typical basketball player starts physically breaking down. However, LeBron is not your typical basketball player.
Sure, people can say that James is supposed to look incredibly spry in the season opener, but we're only four months removed from an NBA Finals series where he nearly averaged a triple-double and played 41.7 minutes per game. So how is it that LeBron is looking like he's 31 going on 20? Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue may have an answer. “He had a chance to get tested this summer and they said he had a body of a 19-year-old,” Lue told reporters after last night's game. “Maybe he’s getting younger: Benjamin Button. I don’t know. Who knows?”
While the idea that James may actually be Benjamin Button doesn't seem that crazy, the real reason may be that you get what you pay for. Bill Simmons once conveyed a conversation he had with LeBron's business partner, Maverick Carter, who revealed that The King spends $1.5 million on his body.
Per The Ringer:
And he’s like, “Well, he’s replicated the gym that whatever team — whether it was Miami or Cleveland — he’s replicated all the equipment they have in the team’s gym in his house. He has two trainers. Everywhere he goes, he has a trainer with him.” I’m paraphrasing what he told me, so I might not be getting all these facts right. He’s got chefs. He has all the science of how to sleep. All these different things. Masseuses. Everything he does in his life is constructed to have him play basketball and to stay on the court and to be as healthy as possible and to absorb punishment when he goes into the basket and he gets crushed by people.
Judging from the end result, that has been money well spent.
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