LeBron James will think about his health before the records for his 20th season

LeBron James has a sense of priorities. Facing the press on Monday, the Lakers superstar assured that his priority will be to not get injured during his 20th season in the NBA, during which he could break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s points record. “Being available for the team is what is most important. Obviously there are injuries you can’t avoid, but that’s my mindset. For me, being one of the leaders of the team, being present on the court is the most important thing.“said the 37-year-old during the traditional pre-season Media Day.

Last season, the quadruple NBA champion (twice with Miami, once with Cleveland, once with Los Angeles) could not lead the Lakers to the play-offs, after a failed regular season, numerous injuries having enamelled the workforce. The “King”, who played only 56 times out of 82 possible matches during the previous fiscal year, was nevertheless extremely efficient, turning to averages of 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists. Which allowed him to pass former Utah Jazz star Karl Malone for second in league scoring.

He enters the 2022-2023 season 1,325 points behind the absolute record held by the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At his own pace, except away from the courts, he should bring it down at the start of next year, but assures that he does not have it in mind.

“Lesson in Humility”

«The only time I thought about it was when someone posted something on social media and I was scrolling through my newsfeed and sawThis reference, assured James. “And each time, I say to myself ”wow!”, I am a little in awe of that. I never operated by thinking about records, but by making sure I was in the best possible shape at the start of a season and again available.»

«But knowing that I’m on the verge of breaking the NBA’s most coveted record is humbling for me, and that’s super cool.“, he nevertheless agreed, adding that “being in the same conversation as Abdul-Jabbar was super motivating».

James, who last month signed a two-year contract extension with the Lakers (until 2025), reaffirmed his commitment to the California franchise which he joined in 2018 and led to the title in 2020.I came here because I believed in this team and I’m still here. It’s that simple. I will stay at this club as long as my contract requires. I can’t wait to start” the season.

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