Despite putting up his usual otherwordly numbers—24.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists through 54 games so far—and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers (40-15) to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, LeBron James has flown under the radar a bit this season.
And that’s just fine with LBJ—he’s just happy to be winning and feeling healthy.
James, 31, says he feels a lot better this season physically than he did in 2014-15.
“It’s how my body was feeling,” James said Wednesday after the Cleveland Cavaliers held shootaround in preparation for their game against the Charlotte Hornets. “Last year I was banged up. It’s not a mindset, it’s just reality. This year I feel 10 times better than I did last year. So that’s the mindset.”
James has only sat out one game through the Cavs’ 40-15 start to the season. However, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after the loss to the Pistons that his gut instinct was to rest James that night and that he wished he followed through on it. […] Lue previously stated that his goal was for the Cavs to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East before he started resting James, a 13-year veteran, in preparation for the postseason.
James admitted making five straight trips to the Finals has started to catch up with him, but not that he would consider sitting out games. […] “I guess I’ve played so much basketball, man, feeling great, those days are pretty much over,” James said. “I don’t know anybody that’s played 13 years that you can say, ‘Oh, I woke up and I feel great.’ I feel great as far as life and getting an opportunity to wake up, but as far as me feeling like a 23-year old, those days are passed.”