As a young player on the Los Angeles Lakers, Austin Reaves has had the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest players in NBA history – LeBron James, and what he’s noticed about the 38-year-old superstar is his youthful enthusiasm and energy.
“He honestly seems like about 18,” Reaves said about King James. “He acts like about 18. He’s very childish in a great way.”
To Reaves, LeBron James’ youthful approach to the game is not a negative, but rather an inspiration to the younger players on the team. Despite his age and experience, James still has a passion for the game and a desire to learn and improve.
“Playing with LeBron has been amazing,” Reaves said. “He’s always willing to help out and give advice. He’s been through it all and he knows what it takes to win.”
And while James may be seen as “childish” in his approach to the game, he is also a valuable mentor and leader to the younger players on the Lakers roster.
“We got a lot of young guys, I understand that it’s my job to make sure they’re even keel,” James said. “One game is not going to define the whole series. We have to be better. I want everyone to be comfortable when we go on the floor and just play free. Let me worry about the Xs and Os and the tactical things and all the other stuff, I can do that, I have the ability to do that.”
For Reaves and the other young Lakers players, having James as a teammate and mentor is an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the greatest to ever play the game. And while James may have the energy and enthusiasm of an 18-year-old, his experience and knowledge are invaluable to the team’s success.
“He’s been doing this for so long and he knows what it takes to win,” Reaves said. “Being around him and learning from him has been incredible for me and the rest of the team. We’re all just trying to soak up as much as we can from him.”
The Timeless Brilliance of LeBron James: A Career Defying Age and Expectations
LeBron James has long been recognized as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. But what he’s doing at 38 years old is truly remarkable. He continues to dominate on the court, defying Father Time and leading his team to another playoff run.
Despite the inevitable reality that his career will eventually come to an end, James remains confident in his abilities and his love for the game. In fact, he feels better now than he did as a teenager.
“I feel better than [he felt at] 18,” James said. “I didn’t know what I could become at 18. But I just knew if I continued to put in the work, I continued to be true to the game, then I could be one of the greatest players to ever play this game. I just always believed that. … There are times when I’m on the floor where I do feel like a kid again. That’s for sure.”
It’s clear that James’ passion for the game has not diminished over time, and his play on the court continues to amaze fans and critics alike. Even as his game has slowed down a bit over the years, he remains one of the best players in the world.
It’s impossible to predict when James will retire, but for now, he shows no signs of slowing down. His body seems to play by a different set of rules than everyone else, and he continues to break past expectations.
LeBron James’ career is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and love for the game. He has defied age and expectations, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations of basketball players to come.