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Budadiiii 02-08-2013 05:19 PM

Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
When you factor in size, strength, speed, agility, instincts, hand-eye coordination and stamina and durability to a lesser degree, is he the greatest specimen of all time?


There are guys who compete in the Olympics for specific events and may show all time athleticism in one category... and some of you might even mention decathlon athletes... but has anyone had the size/strength/speed/coordination like LeBron?

He has everything, and makes it look effortless. That's how you know's he an all-time great athlete. Considering everything, he's the best athlete of all.

Derivative 02-08-2013 05:21 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Michael Jordan

Money 23 02-08-2013 05:23 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Wilt / Shaq / LeBron are by far the biggest genetic freaks that I can think of in terms of the things they could do at their size, while still being able to jump, and be quick.

LBJ 23 02-08-2013 05:25 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Bryan Clay is up there

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvHewtIfEVs

The Iron Fist 02-08-2013 05:26 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Bo Jackson>>>Lebron

Money 23 02-08-2013 05:28 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
In football, Bo Jackson, Jim Brown, Deion Sanders, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, and Adrian Peterson were tremendous athletes.

eliteballer 02-08-2013 05:30 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
LeBron's not that different from a guy like McGrady....but find me another Shaq.

JMT 02-08-2013 05:30 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Jim Brown, Bo Jackson, Wilt Chamberlain, Deion Sanders... all excelled at multiple sports at a high level.

LeBron is a genetic marvel; as fast a guy that size as I've ever seen. But to categorize him as the greatest athlete of all time is a big reach.

The Iron Fist 02-08-2013 05:35 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JMT
Jim Brown, Bo Jackson, Wilt Chamberlain, Deion Sanders... all excelled at multiple sports at a high level.

LeBron is a genetic marvel; as fast a guy that size as I've ever seen. But to categorize him as the greatest athlete of all time is a big reach.

Dave Winfield got drafted by MLB, NFL and NBA.

That was a baaaad dude on a sports field.

http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images...jpg?1344366932

Budadiiii 02-08-2013 05:44 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JMT
Jim Brown, Bo Jackson, Wilt Chamberlain, Deion Sanders... all excelled at multiple sports at a high level.

LeBron is a genetic marvel; as fast a guy that size as I've ever seen. But to categorize him as the greatest athlete of all time is a big reach.

You're saying LeBron couldn't excel at other sports? Come on...

Stupid argument against him.

The Iron Fist 02-08-2013 05:44 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Budadiiii
You're saying LeBron couldn't excel at other sports? Come on...

Stupid argument against him.

Prove that he can.

tikay0 02-08-2013 05:46 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by The Iron Fist
Bo Jackson>>>Lebron


Pretty much this. He goes to my gym. His legs are the size of tree trunks (literally).

Budadiiii 02-08-2013 05:52 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by The Iron Fist
Prove that he can.

Excelling in other sports doesn't = better athlete anyways dude.

Sports have specific skill sets you develop in order to succeed. Not necessarily athletic traits. You mean to tell me playing BASEBALL at a high level = better athlete? Dude that's a skill driven sport. Again, stupid argument.



Name a guy with the size/strength/speed/stamina/coordination/durability/instincts that LeBron has.


He almost wins by default because he's so big and doesn't give up much speed while being much bigger and stronger than the Bo Jackson's of the world. And then add in the the god damn coordination/explosiveness/agility :biggums:


He has everything and displays it much more than any football player ever has.

Money 23 02-08-2013 05:53 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Iverson was quite the athlete too, he was an amazing football player in college, and could've played college and maybe found a fit in the NFL at some point.

Let's also not forget Charlie Ward. Dude was an elite QB for Florida State and was the starting PG for the Knicks for quite sometime in the 90's and early 2000's.

CavaliersFTW 02-08-2013 06:04 PM

Re: Is LeBron the greatest athlete of all time?
 
Nope.

7-1 1/16th w/o shoes
7-8 wingspan
9-7" standing reach
11.5" hand spread
9.5" hand width
258lbs-327lbs

*4.6 40 in barefeet @ 290lbs
*Convinced a HOF pro football coach he'd be the greatest football reciever of ALL TIME
*Ali stated after scouting Wilt practicing, that he'd be a tougher opponent and more skilled than Joe Fazier in the boxing ring
*Worked out with Arnold, and even Arnold was in awe about his raw strength
*2 time big-eight NCAA high jumper, jumped 6-7.75 in the pre fosbury high-jump era - also was elite at the HS level in the 440, long jump, and in the NCAA also competed in triple jump
*Professional Volleyball player
*Owns the NBA record book to this day. Nobody touches his records even 50 years later, how many sports have had athletes with records for that long, let alone the NUMBER of records he has? He was so damn dominant at the sport of basketball people to this day desperately search for excuses to explain his achievements.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwvdsi6gLl8

Lebron also has the "multi-sport gifted athleticism" thing going for him. And has an insane body that is rarified in sports. Lebron actually is on par with Wilt in many things, perhaps even exceeding him in a few by small margins. But Lebron is miles behind Wilt in terms of two very important categories.
Size, and strength.


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