The LA Lakers aren't expected to go deep in the play-offs, but the team's average season doesn't appear to be effecting their star man, LeBron James.
The basketball legend recently said: "I'm literally having the time of my life right now. The game's such a beautiful thing."
"Because I couldn't care less what the narrative about our team is. At my point in my career, I don't get involved in that stuff. I don't read about it, I don't hear it too much. ... None of that stuff matters to me, I'm having a blast playing the game of basketball."
Lakers fans may not be too thrilled to hear that LeBron is more or less not concerned about the Lakers' performance this season, especially considering their fanbase has the expectation of winning it all every season due to their accomplished past.
However, fans should also remember that LeBron took a team that hasn't made the play-offs in seven seasons, and led them to a championship in just his second year back in 2020.
What has LeBron got left to prove?
There is always going to be a debate about who the best player in NBA history is between LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
LeBron would have only strengthened his case if he had led the Lakers to more success following their championship run in 2020. However, LeBron's resume was already stacked prior to his tenure with the Lakers; thus, the case for him being the best player of all time already existed and had legs.
LeBron led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the most improbable Finals win of all time, as he and the rest of the team found themselves down in a 3-1 hole to the team who earned the best record of all time in the Golden State Warriors, who finished the 2015/16 campaign with 73 wins and 9 defeats.
LeBron's Cavs became the first team ever to come back from being down 3-1 in the Finals. It's even more impressive when you consider his opponent.
LeBron also led a Cavs team without a superstar teammate twice in his career, with the first one happening during the 2006/07 season and the second one happening during the 2017/18 season.
LeBron may have gone 4-6 in the Finals compared to Jordan's 6-0, but the current LA Lakers man had a stretch where he went to the Finals for eight consecutive seasons. That is incredibly difficult to accomplish.
LeBron also established himself as an absolute force on both sides of the ball, especially offensively with his ability to score and pass like other great floor generals like Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd.
Whatever happens with LeBron's career from here onwards, can be viewed as extra credit.