LeBron James plans to play more in the post for the Lakers
New Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James had perhaps the most impressive season of his career after playing all 82 regular season games and propelling the Cleveland Cavaliers to a fourth straight NBA Finals despite a hollowed out, underperforming roster.
While The King has been a true ironman through his first 15 seasons in the league, the time to adjust to a less-explosive, more cerebral game has likely come, the way NBA greats Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant had to do, shifting their game to the post, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst.
“Playing more like Bryant and Jordan will take time and patience and James told Johnson that some habits will be hard to break, sources said. But James knows moving to playing more inside and giving up some control of the ball is important as he ages and his athleticism starts to fade. At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds with great vision and passing skills, he may be better equipped for success than the smaller Jordan and Bryant.”
Father time is undefeated and it wouldn’t be surprising if it catches up on James within the first couple of seasons with the Lakers after playing very heavy minutes during his last three seasons under Tyronn Lue.
James has been run to the ground and it’s only a matter of time before his body starts feeling the toll of the sheer abuse he’s suffered through the many long postseason runs he’s made throughout the past eight years.
If he can operate out of the post and make his plays from there, he will be saving his body a lot of wear and tear, potentially extending his career for another year or two.