LeBron James is a remarkable physical specimen, and because life is unfair, he also has been blessed with the NBA’s greatest mind.
James says he was born with a photographic memory, allowing him to stay a step ahead of his competition on the court at all times.
The 35-year-old living legend adds that his “basketball IQ” allows him to make up for whatever Father Time chips away from his body every year.
Per Sports Illustrated:
“I’ve always had it,” James told Sports Illustrated. ” A lot of my friends when I was younger playing the game, they were like, ‘Man, how did you remember that play? Or how did you remember that? It was so long ago.’ I never thought about it. I didn’t even know what photographic memory meant when I was younger until I got older. It’s something that I was born with or blessed with.”
That ability has made James nearly invincible on the basketball court.
“There’s a lot of people in the league with LeBron’s body,” Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers said. “There’s no one in the league with his brain.”
James, a 16-time All-Star, four-time MVP and three-time NBA champion, said he put in a lot of work this offseason, both physically and mentally, to be able to play so well in year 17.
“How I take care of my body. How I take care of my game. How I take care of my mind. I want to try and continue to get better,” James said. “…If I lose a step here, but if your mind is sharp and you have a big basketball IQ, you can always cover for these things.”