He is the reigning NBA league MVP, Finals MVP, and a two-time gold medal Olympian.
He is regarded by a large majority of league punditry as the best basketball player on the planet.
And to the horror of his opponents, he is still improving.
Now in his tenth season in the NBA, LeBron James of the Miami Heat is still finding ways to get better at his craft. He is shooting three point shot better than before and is averaging more rebounds than before.
That is a scary prospect for the league on two fronts.
The first front is that it could lead to an era of individual dominance not seen since the days of Michael Jordan. In the 1990s the Jordan-led Chicago Bulls won six NBA championships during the decade. The only years when the Bulls didn’t win a championship in the decade where either because Jordan retired (1994, 1995, 1999) or when he didn’t break though yet (1990.) Since then there has been somewhat more parity when it comes to championships, that could change now.
The second front is the fact James is still improving at all. There is a plateau that all great players reach in their careers where their skills are at their peak. To think that James, even after being in the NBA for ten years, still hasn’t reached that plateau is astounding. Not to mention that with winning an NBA championship he seems to be playing more freely, which is helping teammates such as Chris Bosh and Rashard Lewis.
And he’s only 27 years old.