Let’s talk about the real reason LeBron James is breaking all-time records in the NBA. We are already aware of the fact that James is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history and discussions rank him as the greatest basketball player of all time. With his unique combination of size athleticism and court vision, he has been dominant since joining the NBA in 2003. That’s a long way down. He wasn’t even out of high school when he tattooed the “Chosen One” on his back and earned a nickname “King James” from adoring fans who saw highlights of this kid from Akron, Ohio. He’s always been very confident and passionate about his career. He has often been subject to significant debate, with frequent comparisons to Michael Jordan and we’ll soon talk about that as well. Watch the video till the end to know why LeBron James is breaking All-Time records in the NBA.
You might remember writer Ryan Jones praising him as possibly “the best high school basketball player in America right now”. James was born to Gloria Marie James, on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio. Gloria allowed him to move in with the family of Frank Walker, a local youth football coach who introduced James to basketball when he was nine years old. James began playing organized basketball in the fifth grade, which is pretty amazing. He later played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars. Beyond basketball, his private life has also been with him for a long time. James and Savannah both grew up in Ohio and attended rival high schools. He was a sports prodigy, excelling at basketball and football. She was a cheerleader and softball player. James proposed to Savannah on New Year’s Eve 2011, at a party that doubled as his 27th birthday bash at the Shelborne South Beach Hotel in Miami.
Before the start of his junior year, James was already featured in Slam. Yes, we’re talking about an American basketball magazine that featured LeBron James when he wasn’t even in his junior year. We can assure you that James had a perfect entry in his career. Then he was recruited by St. Vincent-St. Mary High School to join their basketball team in 1999. It’s impressive how James was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball three times while leading Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School to three Ohio state championships in his four years on the team.
This fact makes him the first sophomore ever selected for this award. His team also won the Division III state title for the second year in a row. Overall, James scored 2,657 points, 892 rebounds, and 523 assists during his four years there. He also participated in three year-end high school basketball all-star games like the EA Sports Roundball Classic, the Jordan Capital Classic, and the McDonald’s All-American Game. At that time, he made it official that he would enter the 2003 NBA draft.
James was selected by his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft. At that time no one actually knew that at the end of the season, he will become the first Cavalier to receive the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He’s always come out to be at the top in things he’s best at, as in no time he earned his first NBA All-Star Game selection in 2004–05, contributing 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a winning effort for the Eastern Conference. He once again made NBA history in 2005 when he became the youngest player to score more than 50 points in one game. But that was just the beginning as he just started to approach the level of excellence he is on right now.
In 2006, James helped his team defeat the Washington Wizards in the first round of playoff action. From there, the Cavaliers took on the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference semifinals. James scored an average of 26.6 per game in this postseason matchup. And just like that, James continued to help the Cavaliers improve their standing in the Eastern Conference during the 2007-08 season. The team made it to the semifinals, where they were defeated by the Boston Celtics in seven games. But they say, ‘Try, try again’.
James became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010. During this time, he was contacted by several teams, including the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and Cavaliers. And you guessed it right; he announced on a live ESPN that he would sign with the Heat.
The 2011-12 season saw major success for James and the Miami Heat. With his team’s victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals, the superstar forward finally earned his first title. James won his first two NBA championships while playing for the Heat in 2012 and 2013 and also earned league MVP and Finals MVP.
Let’s make it short; James’s teams have played in eight consecutive NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. His accomplishments include three NBA
championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, three Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James also holds the all-time record for playoffs points, which is something extraordinary. The 36 years old ‘King James’ holds the all-time record for minutes played in the postseason. Not just that, he also can grab another gear and dominate with his scoring, especially when it comes to postseason points. Remarkably, LeBron James has scored 6,911 points in the playoffs. That’s roughly 1,000 more than second-place Michael Jordan, who racked up 5,987 points in the postseason over the course of his illustrious career. LeBron is also the first and only player in NBA history to average a triple-double in the Finals. With so many records, James proved his marvelous skills to the world. With many of his other records like ‘911 consecutive games with at least three field goals’ and ‘25 ppg in 15 straight seasons,’ the reason why he’s capable of playing up to such an extent is something to be debated. James’ versatility as a team player is exactly what Magic Johnson said makes James one of the greatest NBA players ever. Johnson stated that “He’s special because he makes his teammates better and yet still plays at a high level himself.”
Something we’re truly aware of is the fact that James was born to become a global icon he is now, and for an athlete like that, there’s no doubt that the gym can be your best friend. James’ insane workout plan is worthy of the challenge. The first three sets of James’ workout plan include the execution of forearm planks each lasting for 60 seconds, followed by an additional three sets of side planks also lasting for 60 seconds each. Then, rest for one minute before you’re performing three sets of 30 push-ups and three sets of 12 pull-ups again. The final two strength training exercises include three sets of dumbbell snatches and one-arm cable row, not forget to mention that each set is comprised of 10 repetitions. Confused? Or did it fly over your head? Well, a simple translation to James’ workout is ‘strenuous’. Whatever abilities you own, you might never be fit enough to train like a king.
It’s often wondering what LeBron’s efficiency would be if he spent more time using his powerful 6’8 athletic frame around the basket. The case for the greatest NBA records of all-time may never be settled. But LeBron James is making an eloquent argument with each passing year. Throughout his career, James has demonstrated the secret to his success, which is being flexible and a team player. In his case, this has meant being on
top of not only his role and the skills it requires, but also learning what the other players on his team need to do to be their best. And we get that idea from when James stated that, “I know every single play in every single position, so it makes the job a lot easier for me because I know where I should be and what my teammates should do.”
In a post-game interview, James said that, if his coach switches him to different positions on the basketball court, he can adapt quickly, thanks to what he learned playing the sport during his childhood. Though his listed position is small forward, James often handles the ball and runs Cleveland’s offense as point guards do. All of these are impressive records. However, they also serve as a testament to James’ devotion to hard work and preparation. With more gas left in his proverbial tank, it seems he has a shot at adding to these lofty marks in the future. If James can maintain this level of play, he’ll have a real shot at becoming the NBA’s all-time scoring leader.
There’s a good reason why James was selected to the All-NBA First Team twelve times, made the All-Defensive First Team five times, and has played in sixteen All-Star Games, in which he was selected All-Star MVP three times.