For the last decade the King has been the best player in the basketball. Has he gone into some decline though? Or is he still the King and starting slow in back at home? This would be understandable; we all understand all the distractions being in ones hometown brings. Or is he just starting new chapter in his game like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant did with their lethal jump shot?
LeBron will never have the killer jump shot like Jordan or Kobe but he does have the skills to be a great distributor. He can knock down jump shots as well, he has proven it over and over again but his strengths are in his ability to facilitate. Jordan and Kobe always wanted to take the last shot but LeBron will pass the ball. If he continues to pass the ball and run the floor, he will be fine if he cannot jump out of the gym. A 6’8’’ point guard is unstoppable and while he is losing some of his jumping capacity he is still very strong and incredible smart with the ball in his hands.
Father time is undefeated and the timetable shows that most players have there best year when they are 27 years old. Maybe that was LeBrons best year talent wise but he is just getting smarter. Players like Jason Kidd and Steve Nash played there best years in there early thirties, they did this by relying on their minds.
The King is not old, yes he is losing some of his natural talent but he is getting much, much smarter. He is not the same player he was the first time around with the Cavs. They have a different coach, it will not just be “hero-ball” like it was with Mike Brown, where they just spread the floor and put LeBron in isolation. Ball movement and running on the fast break are things David Blatt, Cleveland’s new coach has specified that they need to work on. LeBron has learned to trust his teammates and will trust these new ones in Cleveland soon.
This week will begin the return of the King to his glory. This week he dropped a triple double already and similar numbers like these are expected to continue with the Celtics and Hawks coming up. The scoring is going to go down but rebounds and assists are going to go up this year for the King.
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