LeBron James believes he has become more dominant with age.
LeBron James has done it again. The legend of the game won his fourth NBA title Sunday night with his third team. All at the age of 35.
James won his first title with the Miami Heat back in 2021 at the age of 27. He showed up and dominated that season, winning the overall MVP in addition to Finals MVP. James still hasn’t slowed down since then and it is hard to determine what version of James is the best.
He chimed in on this debate and believes his 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers self would destroy the version of him that got the Heat back to the mountaintop in 2012.
LeBron also believes he is better with age
This debate is arguably more fascinating than the one about who is better between James and Michael Jordan. James specifically mentions how his current self has the edge mentally. But the Heat version of LeBron was a super-athlete reaching the prime of his game. Yet again, this is a player who hasn’t slowed down and also willed the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over a legendary Golden State Warriors team.
James averaged just over 30 points and nearly 43 minutes per game in the 2012 postseason. He was seemingly unstoppable and this was before he ever suffered any serious injuries. The wear and tear he has at age 35 may make the difference.
This debate is impossible to answer and the mental edge may be the most important thing if the physical skills are so close even eight years apart. Both scenarios see James with at least one other star teammate, making the hypothetical matchup that much more intriguing.
Fans can argue all they want, but James winning a title in his third town shows off his greatness. Figuring out which version of James is the best is also a more fun debate than getting into a screaming match about James vs. Jordan.