Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James made a strong start to 2022 as he scored 43 points in just 29 minutes played against the Portland Trail Blazers. James put up a monster performance to lead the Lakers to a 139-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
James turned 37 a few days ago but he is still one of the most dominant players in the NBA. "I literally try to prepare my mind and my body and my soul on how I can stay young in a young man's game," said James, who said his birthday celebration Thursday centered around watching movies on the couch with his family, having some wine and tequila and being in bed by 10:30 p.m.
"Sometimes you do have to remind people that you can still do what you do at a high level, and I've just been blessed, very blessed and continue to put the work in," he said. "Because that's what it all boils down to.
It boils down to putting the work in and everything else will take care of itself."
James wants to do the right things on the court
James is more than capable of scoring in bunches but he wants to affect the game in many ways and ultimately lead his team to a win.
"I'm not a guy that just goes out and just sees if I can jack a bunch of shots," said James. "I want to be efficient every single night or anytime I'm playing. So as long as the streak I've been on, as far as my scoring, I've been extremely efficient as well.
I take way more pride in that than the scoring. That's just who I am as a basketball player." Following his big performance versus the Trail Blazers, James earned a praise from coach Frank Vogel. "He exemplifies going out and playing until exhaustion," said Vogel, adding that James called for a sub because he had exuded so much energy at one point.
"That's how we want our group to play, that's how we should play the game, so play the game to exhaustion and he's showing that. "And then his energy in film sessions and all of our work away from the game is like a mental energy.
He brings [that to] our team, and the positivity... There's so much noise around our team and negativity and he doesn't let that, allow that to filter into our group."