LeBron James is one of the few greatest basketball players who ever lives, but he’s not going to be incredible forever.
At some point, his supernatural abilities will wane and fade just like every other NBA player. James is 35 and having an incredible season with the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers, one of the three teams seen as the most legit championship contenders when the NBA restarts play Thursday night inside the Orlando bubble at Disney World.
But last season, LeBron showed his mortality for the first time in his storied career, missing more than 15 games in a regular season for the first time. He missed a total of 27 as the Lakers missed the postseason. It was a transitional year in Los Angeles, with Magic Johnson abruptly resigning and James trying to coax greatness out of young players like Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.
But after swinging the blockbuster trade for Anthony Davis, hiring Frank Vogel as head coach and bringing in a group of veteran role players like Dwight Howard, Danny Green, Rajon Rondo and Jared Dudley, LeBron’s Lakers were back where they f