As Cavaliers star LeBron James Jerseys continues to rack up numbers in another potential MVP season, the future Hall of Famer acknowledges he is playing for something more than just another individual trophy at this point in his career.
But when discussing the possibility of winning another MVP award in his 15th season prior to Saturday night’s 109-100 win over the Utah Jazz, James knew it would mean more to him now.
LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 60th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the short-handed Utah Jazz 109-100 on Saturday night.
“Team success is always the No. 1, but along the way if you’re able accomplish some individual awards, individual achievements, it would mean a lot,” James said after Saturday’s shootaround. “I feel good. This is my 15th year, but this is one of the best years I’ve had as far as how I feel, and I want to continue that. I want to kind of try to break the mold for the next generation. So just take the narrative out of, ‘OK, you’re past your prime when you get [to] 31, or you’re past your prime in your 12th year in the league, or whatever the case may be.’
“Hopefully I can break the mold, so when wholesale jerseys online the next guy comes, he can still get $200 or $300 million and be 33 years old. I’m serious. You guys are laughing, I’m serious. This is the mold I’m trying to break. It’s not just about me, it’s for the next crew, as well … I’ll be 33 in 15 days. This is my 15th season, and this is the best I’ve felt in my career. I want it all.”
With his 60th career triple-double Saturday (29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists), James passed Boston Celtics great Larry Bird for sixth all time. The Cavs star was asked if he really believed a player would come along and be as dominant as he has been in Year 15.
“As dominant as me?” James said with a smile before pausing.
“We’ll see. We’ll see. Listen, I want to break the mold of guys, of the stereotype of this prime thing. I know what I’m doing has not been done a lot in the Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys history of the game, even at my age. And you look at the minutes I’ve played and the consecutive Finals I’ve been a part of, just the toll on my body, it hasn’t been done. So hopefully if there’s a kid [who] can make a huge impact in this league, and it could be 10 years, 12 years, 15 years, whatever. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to start my journey a lot earlier. Who knows? The [NBA draft eligibility] rule could change. We’ve been talking obviously with the NCAA to to see if the rule could change and high school kids are able to come back into the league early. We’ll see.
“But I’ve been fortunate to do some great things.”
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