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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has begun the quest to defend his team's first ever title in franchise history from last season—and, so far, he and his teammates have been off to a solid start. With a 3-0 record as of post time, James' Gang has picked up right where they left off last season.
As expected, a lot of that is because of James, as the four-time league MVP is putting up a near triple-double each night. And while LBJ may be 31 years old and should, presumably, be wearing down, he had his body tested out this summer and was found to have the same frame as a 19-year-old, per Complex.
"He had a chance to get tested this summer and they said he had a body of a 19-year-old," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters. "Maybe he's getting younger: Benjamin Button. I don't know. Who knows?"
OK, so that's what his coach claims. But is that really the case? According to a conversation that sports journalist Bill Simmons had with LeBron's longtime business partner, Maverick Carter, you might believe it, because James spends about $1.5 million a year to maintain his svelte frame, per The Ringer.
He's replicated the gym that whatever team—whether it was Miami or Cleveland—he's replicated all the equipment they have in the team's gym in his house. He has two trainers. Everywhere he goes, he has a trainer with him." I'm paraphrasing what he told me, so I might not be getting all these facts right. He's got chefs. He has all the science of how to sleep. All these different things. Masseuses. Everything he does in his life is constructed to have him play basketball and to stay on the court and to be as healthy as possible and to absorb punishment when he goes into the basket and he gets crushed by people.
And as if that isn't enough, James himself admitted in a recent ESPN piece that he, indeed, felt better than he did at 19 years old.
“I feel great,” James said. “I feel great, man. I feel better than I felt at 19. Nineteen, I didn’t know my body. I didn’t know that ... you can do things at 19 that you obviously can’t do at 31, but as far as being in shape and putting in all the training I put in during the season, I feel like I picked up right where I left off. I mean, I’m in a good groove so far.”
Considering LeBron James has taken his teams to six-straight NBA Finals appearances and is still the most dominant player in the league, the fact that people are referring to him as Benjamin Button is only bad news for opponents.