- LeBron James says he's as good as he's ever been on the court.
- Speaking with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt, James said that the game he has at 35 would dominate his 27-year-old self that won the first title of his career.
- "I think if you line 35-year-old LeBron up with 27-year-old LeBron, he'd dominate," James said. "Just from a mental side. He would dominate himself from eight years ago."
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LeBron James is as good as he's ever been, according to LeBron James.
Speaking with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt after winning the fourth NBA championship of his career — his first with the Los Angeles Lakers — James said that the current, 35-year-old version of himself would dominate his younger self if the two were ever to meet on the court.
James' comments came after Van Pelt asked him what differences there were between his game at 27, when he won his first title with the Miami Heat, and his current self.
"35-year-old LeBron would tell 27-year-old LeBron that you don't even know your game," James said. "You haven't even scratched the surface. You have no idea what you are capable of.
"So I think if you line 35-year-old LeBron up with 27-year-old LeBron, he'd dominate. Just from a mental side. He would dominate himself from eight years ago. You got no chance. You got no chance. All that super-athleticism? You ain't got no chance."
There's little reason to doubt James. Through the Finals, James averaged 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists per game, and was wholly unstoppable when he decided to put his foot on the gas.
While he might not have as much fuel in the tank as he did when he was 27, at 35, James is a much better driver. It's possible the best is still yet to come.
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