Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has had one of the most impressive postseasons of his career, and he has opened up a lot of eyes and made a lot of new fans during this playoff run. James is averaging 34.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 8.8 assists in the playoffs and is aiming to reach his 8th straight NBA finals.
One of those guys who has been impressed by his play is Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant analyzed how LeBron James has evolved over the years and shared his thoughts on how to stop LeBron from getting another championship. Bryant has marveled at LeBron’s postseason dominance and thinks forcing him away from the left hand might give defenses a chance.
“He is able to control the tempo of the game. The game, especially in the playoffs, is all built on momentum shifts. What he has been able to do in these playoffs is to control the momentum. In the past they ran a lot of screen and rolls for him, a lot of angles, he’s out 35-40 feet from the hoop, penetrating into the paint. You don’t really see that too much now. You see him operate at the elbows, you see him operating below the free-throw line, deep corner. From those positions, he can take one or two dribbles, raise up and shoot. For one thing, you have to stop letting him go left. Every big shot that he makes is going left. He’s remarkable about getting to that left hand, raise up and shoot. That’s the first thing I would do—disrupt his ability to go left.”
There is a lot of emphasis on LeBron’s performance in the upcoming games against Boston Celtics. It will be interesting to see how his teammates will react if Boston implies the right strategy on LeBron and limits his offense.