The anti-LeBron crowd, led by certified non-hipster Spike Eskin, has been conspicuously quiet lately. It’s almost like doing it the right way sounds better when you’re not getting rolled 3-1 by a conference rival missing, indisputably, its two best players while LeBron has just throttled the top team in the conference. Fultz or no Fultz, the Sixers are going to need more firepower. So you can take your Paul George argument and stick it up your YEAH, Mr. Durst, because I’m eating this with a deep spoon. Chris Broussard:
“I’ve been told by somebody that would know that LeBron wants to play off the ball… it’s hard to do. Chris Paul’s done it.”
If LeBron goes to Philly and says I’m gonna be Nolan Ryan and start throwing curveballs…
“I’m not talking about LeBron going to Philly and averaging 16 points per game. I’m talking about LeBron going to Philly and playing like more of a true small forward– he’s gonna lead them in scoring, 26-27 points per game, probably get you 8 or 9 boards, just being who he is he’s gonna get you 6 assists.”
Interesting– LeBron willing to accept less ball-handling at this stage of his career. This fits in neatly to a recent ESPN.com article from LeBron Whisperer Brian Windhorst about how LeBron is able to play his best ball at age 33. The secret? Resting on the court:
It has been hard to fathom how LeBron James can be playing more games than ever, more minutes than ever, and yet in some ways be more dominant than ever.
The answer might be simple: James has perfected the art of resting while playing.
It’s a concept high-energy athletes such as boxers and swimmers have used for years: looking for moments in competition in which they can ease their load and allow for little scraps of rest they hope will add up. For James, this means finding times within games when he can catch his breath even when play is going on.
He goes on to explain that one way LeBron does this is by taking entire offensive possessions off, something that’s much easier to do if you’re giving up some of the top ball-handling duties to your protegé who doesn’t want to shoot anyway. LeBron to Philly confirmed. Someone call Malvern Prep.