NBA players are absolute machines. They know how to stay fit and ready for years to come. While there might be a lot of these players, no one comes close to LeBron James in this regard. We all know how he’s been at the top for two decades now.
Heading into the 2022-23 NBA season, James will be playing his 20th season. It’s not a normal feat for any player, let alone a 37-year-old. We always wonder how he managed to get out of it. The LA Lakers star is a player who follows a strict and disciplined schedule to ensure he follows the same path. And that played a crucial role in his path to greatness.
Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe has been known to support LeBron when his media counterpart Skip Bayless attempts to criticize the player’s every move. This time around, he praised the King’s longevity and dedication to physical fitness.
How did LeBron James manage to stay on top for 20 years?
Sharpe talked about LeBron on a Undisputed. He said, “You scored 25 or more points for 18 straight seasons, you did what you could do with consistency and the level you played because that’s how you’ve always done it. That’s what do the very big ones.
Has LeBron been in ‘the lab’ more than ever this offseason?
“That’s what he always does. That’s why he was able to play at the level he’s been playing all this time. That’s what the really big guys do: they start early and make a habit of it. —@ShannonSharpe pic.twitter.com/Dfkvc2rEz4
– UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 29, 2022
“The really big ones start early, they get in the habit of training and doing it the right way and they’re able to play at a level for an extended period of time. , in the lab, it’s a normal occurrence for him. It’s nothing new. He’s true to that,” Sharpe also mentioned.
We all know how LeBron treats his body like a temple. One of the most important things to remember is that recovery and conditioning are just as important as shooting practice on the field. And it looks like LeBron made sure to prioritize that as well.
Mav Carter says LeBron James spends around $1,500,000 a year on his body. He uses cryotherapy, hyperbaric chambers, NormaTec gaiters, etc. It also has personal chefs, trainers, etc. He has a strict routine and diet. He invested in his body, so he can still dominate at 33.
—Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 24, 2018
A few years ago, his business partner, Maverick Carter, mentioned that LeBron was spending $1.5 million a year on his body. This includes personal chefs for special diets, trainers, etc. Now that he’s gotten older, that may have changed.
Regardless of how much money he spends, it’s still amazing to see a player maintain his longevity for so long in one of the toughest leagues in the world. If that wasn’t enough, it still displays ridiculous numbers simultaneously.