Former three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas said LeBron James is probably the only superstar ever that has never had a "selfish year." Since entering the NBA in 2003, James has been one of the most dominant players in the league.
Even at 37, James is still one of the most dominant players in the league and playing at an MVP level. James was never known as a stat-chaser but still managed to win one scoring title (2008) and four NBA MVP awards. Arenas feels that if James really wanted individual accolades, he could have had many more NBA MVPs and scoring titles.
“I said, ‘LeBron is probably the only player, the only superstar that never had that year,'” Arenas explained, per Lakers Daily. “He never had that year where he says, ‘Eh, frick everybody.
I’m trying to get my stats.’ Because I said, ‘If he ever did that, who’s stopping him?’ That man would average 40-something. When LeBron stepped in, it was all about trying to win a championship.
Every year, trying to win a championship, so he’s been building the teams to try to win championships, so he’s never actually had a selfish year where he says, ‘I don’t need anybody. I want to show the world what I can do.'
James hopes to bounce back after disappointing back-to-back seasons
James led the Lakers to the championship in the bubble but the Purple and Gold haven't had much success since. A year ago, the Lakers were bounced from the playoffs first round.
Then this past season, the Lakers didn't even make the playoffs. After two very disappointing seasons, James is aiming to bounce back this upcoming season. The Lakers haven't made any significant offseason roster changes as Russell Westbrook is still a part of the team.
The Lakers haven't had any talks regarding James and Anthony Davis but the belief is that they would prefer to move on from Westbrook before the new season starts.