No one can beat Father Time. It doesn't matter how talented, athletic, strong you are, or just how good care you take of your body. If you don't take our word for it, just ask LeBron James, one of the greatest players in NBA history and the face of the Los Angeles Lakers.
James has spent millions of dollars to preserve his body and it's paid off so far. He's one of the most durable players to ever live and not the one who gets hurt often. But all good things come to an end.
The 36-year-old has been dealing with one of the worst injuries of his career thus far. James can't seem to shake that high-ankle injury off and recently made one of the toughest statements you could ever imagine.
LeBron James Says He'll Never Be Back To 100%
"Getting back to 100 percent is impossible. I don't think I'll get back to 100 percent in my career," a clearly frustrated LeBron James said.
Max Kellerman Says We're Witnessing LeBron James' Decline
Needless to say, that paved the way for those who doubt him to say that this is the end of the road for him, and ESPN's Max Kellerman went as far as to say that he'll no longer be the best player in the world:
"Yes, we are. This is uncharted territory in the history of basketball... A couple of days ago, LeBron said "I doubt that I'll be 100%... in fact, I don't think I'll ever be 100% again in my career"... 100% means 100% of what you have been. Make no mistake about it, LeBron James every year is in the Finals, and has won the championship. Because when the dust settles, when the smoke clears, it's clear that he's still the best player in the world. Are we still sure about that?" Kellerman said.
Well, this is only normal. I mean, we're talking about a 36-year-old who's playing in his 18th season in the NBA, making the playoffs - and the NBA Finals - more often than the average player. Sadly, though, he just can't turn back the clock.