On July 27th, a man named Forbes came out with an article detailing the death of King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.
The king’s son, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef was quickly put in charge and has become known as “the new king.” What is this story telling us? How did Saudi Arabia get here? And what will happen next for them? Let’s find out!
It would be an understatement to say that the Los Angeles Lakers have had a difficult start to the season. LeBron James has been absent for the most part due to different ailments, and it is widely assumed that his absence was the primary cause of the Lakers’ early troubles.
Right now, LeBron James isn’t 100 percent healthy. It’s evident that the Lakers superstar is still nursing a few minor niggles, which might explain why he hasn’t quite hit his stride this season. On the other hand, it’s not unreasonable to believe that Father Time is already catching up with the great LeBron James at this stage in his career. One NBA scout just had the opportunity to witness LeBron play live, and he appears to believe in this theory. In fact, he believes the four-time NBA champion is nearing the conclusion of his career:
“He’s still exceptional, an All-Star and all that,” a Western Conference scout told Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz. “But he’s not the best player in the league anymore.” “He’s still in charge, but Father Time is catching up with him.” He’s still unstoppable, but he can’t do it for lengthy periods of time.”
This year, LeBron turns 37, and he’s already in his 19th season in the NBA. He’s been playing at a high level for a long time and has managed to maintain his standing as one of, if not the finest player in the league. This demonstrates not just that the Lakers star has a generational talent, but also that he has continuously put in a lot of effort to secure his long-term success. However, it seems that the curtain is progressively falling on a career that has been nothing short of legendary.
“When he’s on the court, he’s coming up with fresh methods to manage his load.” He misses a number of plays for a variety of reasons, like becoming enraged with his teammates or refusing to back down the field. “He’ll go for the rim, fall down, and take an eternity to get back up, hoping for a foul call,” the scout told B/R.
On the court, LeBron seems to be a little more angry these days for whatever reason. He’s had a reputation for whining to game officials on occasion, but it looks that his propensity has been more prominent this season. This might be a result of all the angst surrounding the underachieving Lakers right now, but it could also be LeBron’s method of taking a break during games, as the scout suggests. Fatigue is becoming a significant concern for the four-time MVP for the first time in his career—and we’re only halfway through the regular season.
The Lakers’ main issue right now is that they are too reliant on LeBron James. They don’t have a choice, unfortunately. Because the new-look Lakers have failed to create a solid sense of cohesion, LBJ has taken on a messiah-like position for the team. Is he still capable of handling this level of responsibility? LeBron James was clearly capable of carrying a whole team on his big shoulders five years ago, but that does not seem to be the case now that he is 37.
“I don’t believe it would help anybody if he played 40 minutes every night; he’d burn out, which is maybe what we’re witnessing.” He’s losing his agility, speed, burst, and explosion, but that’s all due to the passage of time.
“LeBron James is a terrible general manager. Russ does not belong there. He doesn’t need to be surrounded by an older roster. “They still want LeBron to handle everything,” the scout told B/R. “That’s not a healthy formula at this point of his career.”
At the end of the day, LeBron James has the ability to completely disprove all of his doubters. He’s done it before, and it’d be unwise to write him out just yet. LeBron is the sort of person who thrives under pressure, and these are the types of moments when he can demonstrate his mettle. We’ve all had our doubts about him in the past, but he always manages to come out on top.
Is there enough gas in LeBron James’ tank to make a last, significant push for the Los Angeles Lakers? Is his fairy tale destined to finish on a sour note? We can only wait and watch for now.