For probably the first time in his career to date, LeBron James has managed to fly under the radar.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star hasn't really been making headlines at all so far in the 2015-16 season, with the Cavs comfortably heading the top of the Eastern Conference and LeBron putting up good but not great performances night in, night out.
It seems that LeBron is resting himself for the playoffs already, which makes sense after his latest quotes.
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Speaking to Dave McMenamin of ESPN earlier today, James revealed how much better he was feeling physically now compared to the same stage of last season.
"It's how my body was feeling," LeBron said Wednesday after the Cavs shootaround. "Last year I was banged up. It's not a mindset, it's just reality. This year I feel 10 times better than I did last year. So that's the mindset."
Last year, James took a couple of weeks off around Christmas and New Year in order to rest his body. He still ended up missing 13 games.
LBJ might be feeling good now, but it's all relatively as over 13 years in professional basketball have definitely had their impact on James.
“I guess I’ve played so much basketball, man, feeling great, those days are pretty much over,” James said. “I don’t know anybody that’s played 13 years that you can say, ‘Oh, I woke up and I feel great.’ I feel great as far as life and getting an opportunity to wake up, but as far as me feeling like a 23-year old, those days are passed.”
James is a veteran now and has a lot of mileage on his body. While he says his body is feeling rested and ready for the remainder of the season and what's left to come, there might not be many years left where he can say that.