LeBron James says he wants to be better this year than he was last season, when he finished second in the MVP voting after a championship season in which he won more than 30 games in each of the past two seasons.
James, who has won two championships with the Cleveland Cavaliers, said he wants a career year in the NBA.
He made it clear he wants that to be the case for the first time in his career.
The Cavs are hoping that James’ return to form and his continued progress with the Cavs could lead to a third consecutive title.
“I think my body is a little more explosive, a little bit more in tune with the game, a lot more explosive,” James said.
“I think I’m more confident, a couple things that I’ve been able to do have come from playing through the injuries, from my conditioning, my conditioning is going to come.
So I think the biggest thing is just to get back to my best and play the way I can and just keep improving and keep playing the way that I can.”
James has been limited to just seven games this season because of injuries to his right knee and shoulder.
He said he would be open to playing again if the right circumstances presented themselves.
“Obviously, I’ve always said that if it’s the right time, I’m going to play,” James told reporters on Thursday.
James’ return would be a huge boost for the Cavaliers, who are in the midst of a rebuilding phase. “
The more I feel like I’m progressing and I feel good about my ability, then I think it would be something I would be interested in playing.”
James’ return would be a huge boost for the Cavaliers, who are in the midst of a rebuilding phase.
LeBron’s return would give the Cavs an offensive punch that has been lacking this season.
James has averaged 24.6 points per game this season, his lowest total since his MVP campaign of 2010-11.