So yeah you can call The King Benjamin Button.
LeBron James helped lead the Cavaliers to a championship title in 2016. But at age 32, some might expect King James’s performance to start to decline, but that seems unlikely considering his performance and the fact that he has the body of a 19-year-old.
“He had a chance to get tested 2 summers ago 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?”
That James is Benjamin Button seems a likely scenario. His game doesn’t seem to be waning at all. In fact, the MVP buzz has already begun, with some believing this could be the year he snags his fifth MVP and joins Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to accomplish such a feat.
But keeping his body in incredible shape takes more than hard work, it takes money.
As Complex points out, Malcolm Gladwell said this summer on Bill Simmons Podcast that Lebron spends $1.5 million per year keeping his body in top form.
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 it’s paying off. LeBron says he feels better at 32 than he did at 19.
“I feel great,” James told ESPN. “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 32, 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.”
You can say that again.