Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has revealed his belief that he is potentially playing the best basketball of his career right now as he chases a third championship.
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Given that James has four MVP awards and two titles to his name in 11 years in the league, he undoubtedly has high standards to meet when discussing his best basketball.
However, based on his performances this post-season in which he has ultimately dragged Cleveland to the NBA Finals with both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving missing with injuries, it is a fair argument to make.
“I think if you put it all together, yeah,” James said, according to ESPN.
“If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. If you put everything in one bottle, this is probably the best I’ve been.”
The 30-year-old is playing in his fifth straight Finals, with Game 1 coming on the road against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at the Oracle Arena.
James is averaging 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists to go with 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game through the first three rounds of the playoffs.
His Cavs teammates have backed up the suggestion that he is mentally at his strongest without doubt this season, while JR Smith and Kendrick Perkins recently brought back the debate over how close he was to surpassing Michael Jordan.
While that conversation will go either way depending on fans preference, there is no denying that James is four wins away from arguably his biggest achievement yet.
Returning to Cleveland and leaving behind a championship challenging team in Miami was a difficult decision, but he has helped transform them into an immediate contender through playing some high-level basketball this year.