Becoming a four-time MVP and generation defining talent in the NBA is no small feat, and nor does it come easy.
LeBron James has paid the price down the years for his greatness with sore backs aplenty, but this year, King James has appeared in excellent condition with plenty of tread on his well-worn tyres for the postseason.
But when will the Cleveland Cavaliers man call it a day? Although he appears hellbent on bringing the Larry O'Brien trophy to Cleveland for the first time ever, the 12-time All-Star has indicated that his basketball mortality may rest in some young hands.
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When quizzed about his potential retirement plans, James suggested he's got some miles in the tank yet.
"I think later on in my 30s," James said. "It's kind of up to my kids, really. I've missed so much of my kids' tournaments and things of that nature when I'm playing. So, it's kind of up to them. They'll let me know when they're tired of seeing me go away."
So, what's LeBron's secret? How has he surpassed the dreaded 30 mark and managed to appear fresher than ever?
"I think with the science and the research and the ability to have multiple trainers and things of that nature and also guys taking the individual account of their own bodies, guys are able to play into their late thirties and some into their forties, as you're seeing today," James said. "You got Andre Miller, you got Timmy D [Tim Duncan] who are playing into their forties. And I played with Ray Allen late in his thirties"
As dynamic as basketball is, James believes there is plenty of room for experienced heads out on the court. Players are taking such great care of themselves these days that an athlete's life expectancy on the hardwood is growing every year, despite the physical demands.
The Cavaliers' record scorer thinks that advances in technology are a key reason behind veteran's staying power, and he's grateful for it.
"[Guys are] playing into their late thirties because of the technology and also guys are taking care of their body and understanding, 'Yeah, we can play beyond what the expectancy is of our sport.' So, I think it's a pretty cool thing. We got guys that are 36 on our team, and you look at RJ [Richard Jefferson], he is in better shape than anyone on our team. And you got James Jones as well. So, I think it's been great to be around guys like that."
The Cavaliers await the victors of the Eastern Conference semi-final clash between the Miami Heat - James' old side - and the Toronto Raptors in the Conference Finals.