Originally Posted by boozehound
So, dude is already past his physical prime at age 26 and with no major injuries huh? I just dont buy it.
I mean its obvious he can't do what he did physically as early as last year.
But that's what I don't get. 26 ... no major injuries. No major injuries to load sustaining joints or ligaments IE knees, ankle, feet, etc.
So what's really the problem?
It's not even like he has a TON of basketball on his body.
He went home really early last year.
He went home early in 2009.
He went home really early in 2008.
This year he had help with the scoaring load in Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. So what is really the issue?
You guys are looking at his tape from 2007 (which he was fantastic, I got to witness it live as it happened ... still remember being in the pizza / bar when it was taking place and people were going ape sh1t)
He looked at that moment destined for greatness. Hell he did the next year too when he dropped 45 in a duel with Pierce in game 7.
But this fall from grace is staggering. He simply can't blow by people anymore. Look how he blew past Tayshaun Prince in that youtube clip. As I've said before look at clips of him dominating in last year's playoffs off the dribble. He's lost ALL that explosiveness. And with no excuse for injuries, what's really the problem? Is it a mental block? Or could it be that this kid really was on some kind of steroids?
I mean I remember a game just last season where he went up for an alley oop against the Blazers, and his whole upper body was almost above the rim.