LeBron James has long been regarded as one of the best basketball players in the world and an era-defining talent.
However, according to a report from Cleveland.com, James hasn't been playing to his maximum capabilities for the past five years because of one lingering issue.
Keep in mind, James has secured two NBA titles during that timeframe and has collected three MVP awards, too.
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It would appear as though a troublesome lower back has been hindering James on the court during the last half a decade. One would imagine carrying the load for the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer in the NBA playoffs with injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love didn't help, but it appears the problem started during his time with the Miami Heat.
As per the report from Cleveland.com, the 31-year-old has said he's feeling great heading down the season's stretch.
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James told cleveland.com before shootaround this morning in advance of tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks that for the first time in approximately half a decade, he has gone the entire season without experiencing lower back complications. Aside from the anti-inflammatory shot he received during training camp, his back has not required any further assistance. James and his personal trainer Mike Mancias have focused more on pinpoint strength exercises, which have contributed to his resurgence.
The 12-time NBA All-Stars recent form would suggest as much, too. Brian Windhorst of ESPN tweeted on Tuesday that James has been named the Player of the Week and Player of the Month a combined 84 times after his latest weekly accolade.
The report continues by suggesting a meeting with coach Tyronne Lue a couple of weeks ago has been the catalyst for the rich form King James is currently exhibiting.
James has been on a vicious tear since the Lue meeting two weeks ago, including two dominating performances in quality weekend wins over the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets. With Kyrie Irving out with an ankle issue, James had 31 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists in Sunday's 112-103 win over the Hornets, who had the Eastern Conference's best record since January. On Friday, he had 29 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists against the Hawks, who had been the best defensive team in the league in the second half of the season.
Over his past seven games, James has been a demon, averaging 28.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 9.6 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field and 38 percent on 3-pointers. The Cavs are 6-1 in those games, squeezing the No. 1 seed in the East as their magic number to clinch it is down to three.
James has been a man possessed as of late and there's no denying that. Cavaliers fans must be salivating at the prospect of a healthy franchise player heading into the playoffs and although the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors have been doing phenomenal things this season, James always has the potential to be a difference maker.