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LeBron James: ‘Very fortunate’ to be playing game on 36th birthday

LeBron James is expected to be on the court Wednesday night for the Los Angeles Lakers’ showdown with the San Antonio Spurs. While most early-season games in the NBA tend to lack much buzz, the matchup with the Spurs carries some personal significance for James.

How so? Wednesday marks James’ 36th birthday. Addressing the notion of playing a game on such a special day, James said Tuesday that doing so is a reminder of how fortunate he has been to have had the opportunity to do so on several occasions during his iconic career.

“I have been very fortunate to play some games on my birthday. That will be another opportunity for me to play the game that I love and celebrate another year of existence,” James said. “Playing for a great team and great organization makes it a lot greater.

“Just very blessed and very honored and I am happy to do what I love to do.”

The past year in James’ life undoubtedly has been a remarkable one. Along with winning his fourth NBA title, James was named Time’s Athlete of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the year.

Both accolades were not only for his on-court achievements but also for his continued commitment to promoting social and racial justice in a year that saw so much strife and outrage related to those issues.

As James recollects as he approaches the age of 36, it merits noting how the superstar is closing in on closing out his iconic NBA career. Now in his 18th season, to say there is a lot of mileage on his 36-year-old body would be an understatement.

A veteran of 1,269 regular-season games and 260 postseason appearances, the mere fact that James continues to be among the most dominant players in the game is nothing short of astounding with the Lakers viewed as prohibitive favorites to win another championship.