Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Lebron aka King James and playing like it!
Written by T.D Moody
Ok, I finally give in. Not that I didn’t like Lebron, I was with him even up to his collapse against the Mavericks in the finals 2 seasons ago. It was at that point that I felt much like a certain Firsttake Commentator Skip Bayless that Lebron would never get another opportunity to again get the ring. He just collapsed when it mattered most.
I began to think that Durant would surpass him as the game’s best player. Fast forward a year later in the finals and Lebron and Miami give the young Thunder exactly what Dallas gave Miami for Nowitzski’s first and so far only championship. Durant is still deadly but has a bit more improvement to go defensively I feel but he too the sky’s the limit on his game.
I decided to ride with OKC my team to win the title especially the way handled the Lakers and came back and smashed the vaunted Spurs. Part of me still wanted Lebron to get his ring. Even in the face of unrelenting, unmerciful ridicule from fellow sports fan friends of mine about Lebron being Gollum from Lord of the Rings. There was even a caricature of Lebron as Gollum lusting and yearning for the ring while Dirk was portrayed as the Hero with the ring.
I didn’t want to laugh but I did when I saw it. That being said. What a story from his coming out of Akron to 10 seasons into his pro career. He’s a world champ and clearly the game’s best premier player today. His skill set and talents rival that of Jordan and make him in my opinion with his potential the perfect prototype player ever. I say this because in my opinion the best player would be a versatile player who could play physically all 5 positions on the floor with the skill, speed, power, athleticism and intelligence most importantly of the elitist athletes known.
It’s like create a player for virtual basketball games. Every person I know who plays video games when creating a player always tries to fill every category in the attributes section of create a player to the highest level possible. That would make the person pretty much a “God” in the game because he can do everything at the highest level. How can you stop a player like that? You can’t.
He’s not perfect (Lebron) yet but his continually improving game is scary. Clearly the maturation of Lebron’s game to all facets of the game combined with his unique physical talents and ambidextrous playing ability, make him quite simply an “unguardable” player. There are really only a handful of player’s in my opinion who dwell within this realm. Today’s game has maybe 8. Of those 8 I’d estimate maybe three are in that realm consistently. I’ll give you my three. Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony-Dwade tie at 3. Kobe has faded some but is still capable but he’s currently at number 4 on the down turn of his illustrious Hall of Fame worthy career.
Who would you put as the elite 8? Who would be your top 3 and in what order?