Although James spurned the Cavaliers’ wine-and-gold uniforms three years ago, his former coach in Cleveland believes that, like fine wine, James could get better with age. Mike Brown, who is back on the sideline at Quicken Loans Arena after Byron Scott kept his seat warm for three seasons, offered up a scary thought: James won’t slow down as he gets older, like other athletes do.
“He is an extremely hard worker, one of the hardest I’ve been around,” Brown told the Miami Herald. “When you have a guy that’s that hungry to get better, then you are going to keep getting better. The crazy part about it is, I wouldn’t put it past him that he can still improve his game. He is older, and he is better.”
James has won four of the last five NBA Most Valuable Player awards and led the Heat to two straight championships. He is third in the league in scoring at 25.0 points per game, along with 6.7 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.
If James merely maintains this level of production for another few years, he will be easily considered one of the top five players in NBA history. If he actually manages to get better — well, watch out, record book.