The Los Angeles Lakers earned a hard-fought victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
There is a fair case to be made that they probably shouldn’t have had to try so hard against a squad that was missing both Devin Booker and Bradley Beal, but Kevin Durant exploding for 39 points is never easy to deal with.
While the win itself was nice, one thing fans at home couldn’t stop talking about after the fact was LeBron James. The fact that he, at age 38, is playing at such a high level is incredible.
One photo in particular really encapsulates what a physical marvel James is.
Lakers’ LeBron James skies to deflect a pass to Suns’ Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/4xHXyA8m0w
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 27, 2023
NBA fans never shy away from offering their two cents on various things.
This proved to be no exception.
Year 21, don’t take LeBron for granted
— Eddie Joseph (@lakid213) October 27, 2023
in YEAR 21… please think about that.
— eruj (@erujabidi) October 27, 2023
38 years old jumping like this is mind blowing
— Long Live Jephte ! (@camfrere) October 27, 2023
Also interesting about this outing was the fact that, after expressing his annoyance with his minutes restriction one game earlier, James wound up playing 35 minutes against Phoenix.
He addressed that after the outing.
“[Coach] asked me if I could go the [whole] quarter, and I looked at the time and the score and what was going on in the game, and it was an easy answer for myself,” James said.
“I know how much work I’ve put in to be able to play quarters or whatever the case may be. And I understand that we definitely have a system put in place, but tonight called for me to go outside the box.”
Mallory Edens’ outfit to Damian Lillard’s Bucks debut stole the show: https://t.co/CTidp4opmm
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 27, 2023
This 2023-24 NBA season has certainly gotten off to an interesting start for James and the Lakers.
Where will it ultimately go from here? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.