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“He never had that year where he says, ‘Eh, frick everybody. I’m trying to get my stats.’” — Gilbert Arenas salutes LeBron James for never chasing stats

The most impressive part about LeBron's statistical achievements, according to Agent Zero, is that he always sacrificed numbers to increase his chances of winning.
Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas and Miami Heat forward LeBron James

Gilbert Arenas and LeBron James

In terms of awards and statistical achievements, LeBron James reigns supreme almost over everyone in NBA history. He's got 4 MVPs, 4 championships, 4 Finals MVP awards, is the second All-time leader in scoring, and has 105 triple-doubles in his 18-year-career. With his ability to still play at a high level (and sometimes still be considered the best player in the world), it won't be a surprise if James continues to break another record after another.

While chasing wins, not stats

Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas said that despite all the championships and individual awards he's won throughout his career, it's remarkable how James never tries to chase stats. Unlike some players, Arenas mentioned that James' goal has always been about winning championships because if he did chase numbers, he'd probably have more trophies in his cabinet by now.

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"I said LeBron is probably the only player, the only superstar that never had that year," Arenas explained in the latest episode of the "No Chill with Gilber Arenas" podcast. "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," Arenas concluded.

The best trait of a superstar

Arenas is correct in saying that James is the type to prioritize championships over statistics however, he's not the only superstar in NBA history to do so. One can argue that many superstars have preferred team achievements over individual records, like Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant (post-Shaq era), Steph Curry, and more. That's why these aforementioned names are considered the best of the best to play the game.

Now 37 years old, James' goal to chase championships over individual records will be more prominent than ever as he rides out the last few years of his career. It'll be interesting to see if his team, the Los Angeles Lakers, finds a way to make it possible for James to achieve his goals, or will they make it extremely difficult to the point that he has no choice but to put up all-time individual numbers?

After all, Arenas said it best, The King is all about trying to win a championship. 

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