LeBron James, the back-to-back champion, and Finals MVP, and 4-time regular season MVP, wants to be even better.
He shot 56.5% from the field, 40.6% from the 3-point line, and grabbed 8.0 rebounds a game (all career-highs), and he wants to be… better.
According to Pro Basketball Talk, in an interview while touring in the Philippines, he said “I don’t want to be the same player I was this past season. I want to come into this season a new, improved, better LeBron James. We’ll see what happens, man. But I will come back a better player.” That statement should make Heat fans very happy, and make the Heat’s opponents very nervous.
When a guy has won the last 2 MVP’s, championships, and Finals MVP’s says he wants to be even better, it’s a wonderful thing to witness (see what I did there?). Elite players who are also hard workers are rare, and very underappreciated.
This is part of the same reason why Kobe Bryant is as endearing as he is. He’s always a maniacal worker, always wanting to get better and stay a step ahead. James has always been a hard worker, even though he has never been given the credit for that as much as he should. We all said he needed to develop a post game, and he did. We said he needed to be a better jump shooter, and he did that as well.
It will be fun to see the next step in his evolution.