COMMENTARY | LeBron James has taken to Twitter again. He's sounded off about how he's ready for the season. It's a season that begins tonight.
"It's that time again!!" @KingJames tweeted. "I'm ready, locked and loaded from the jump #StriveForGreatness"
James is the greatest playing the game today. He enters his 11th NBA season when the two-time defending champion Miami Heat host the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. EST tonight on TNT to tip off the 2013-14 season.
LeBron says he's trying to get even better this year. It's getting to the point where he's scrutinizing his own game in this quest to become the world's best.
But here's the deal: There's not too much more he can do. Score more than 100 points in a game to top Kobe's 81 and Wilt Chamberlain's 100. Average 35 to rival Michael Jordan. Shoot 60 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the three-point line. Average 8.5 assists per game.
All of that isn't going to happen.
The only thing James can do to separate himself is win more titles. At least four more. He is two months shy of turning 29, so he has some time. Whether he does it in Miami remains to be seen, however.
Yet what LeBron's definition of greatness is compared to everyone else's opinion may be entirely different. Let's face it, he is the best basketball has to offer these days. But there will come a time within five to seven years when the NBA is anointing someone else as the chosen one. By then Kobe may have finally retired. LeBron will be on his last legs. Dwyane Wade might not have any more legs. And Shaq, well he'll still be Shaq.
But with a superstar in the making in Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins embarking on his more-than-likely one-and-done career with the Jayhawks, how long is LeBron's window going to be open?
If the Heat are to win another title this season -- and oddsmakers say they have a 2:1 chance of doing so -- honestly, what more will LeBron have to prove in South Florida? Four years with the Heat. Four trips to the Finals. Multiple Most Valuable Player awards. There wouldn't be much more.
But his vision of greatness is something superior that we as critics can't quite understand. His vision extends beyond the everyday ordinary comparisons that have us trying to intertwine different generations into the modern day in an artificial surmise of who the greatest ever is.
LeBron sees things a different way. And only he can explain exactly what he's after. Whether that's too understated or not, it's the truth.
King James has separated himself.
Tonight will be another opportunity for him to show what exactly he's after.
Jim McCurdy is a freelance writer in the Miami area. He has written for major publications around the country.
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