Is it me or does it seem like LeBron has lost some of the lateral quickness he had when he was a little younger. He's had trouble beating Boris Diaw off the dribble and has been beaten several times by Kawhi Leonard off the dribble. He's still super fast end to end. It just seems like the lateral quickness isn't quite what it used to be.
I don't get the negs because I totally see it.
There playing 10 feet off him, nobody is able to move quick enough in those circumstances.
Most of the time they are playing off him and that's not what I'm referring to. Their have been several times when BORIS DIAW has been pretty close to him and has forced him to take a very tough shot without any help...BORIS DIAW.
Diaw is pretty quick for his size though.
Not as quick as LeBron is for his size.
First step is not elite. Very good just not elite for the NBA.
Except that he was also guarding TONY PARKER on the perimeter for a huge chunk of the game And Tony did not do well. Sure maybe he's lost a touch of quickness from when he was 24. But seriously you just watched a game in which he was matched up against arguably the fastest PG in the league and you are questioning Lebron's quickness (at 6' 8" 260). You are seeing things. Or perhaps you are seeing the effects of Lebron being in his 100th game of the season and winning it (while Bosh scores zero points, I might add, so so much for Super Friends Plan).
I think Lebron is very quick for his size, but I thought T-Mac was faster. He has bulked up a lot since his younger days, so likely he isn't fast as he once was.
His first step is good not amazing, but he can ride defenders all the way to the rim because of his strength.
His advantage on defense is his recovery speed, not his lateral quickness. If he presses up on a quick player, they'll blow by him like they blow by anyone else. He always gives a cushion though because of his ability to recover.
Why is it that when I read a comment by Siggy, I just think "OK, now I know everything there is to know, I can stop reading"?