Lebron being so huge and so intimidating, most players are frightened by his sheer size alone not so much of his will. His will they all question but his physical abilities they quake at. Very few people step up to guard him physically, artest, kobe. The last two games, lebron showcased his turnaround jumper to perfection on two of the best defenders in the league.
Why was he succesful? but wasn't in LA weeks ago?
Lebron gets up so high on his jumpshot, how do you defend it?
By being physical, and getting him out of his rhythm.
If you let him use his muscle memory like Deng and Iggy did, he will most likely hit it. But if you drape all over him, you will leave him dazed and confused..
Why? because lebron doesn't have many moves, no variety of arsenals.
And thats what defenders like Deng and Iggy fail to see.
Kobe knows about Lebron's baseline turn around and anticipating it. He contested it so well that not only did lebron air ball, he over shot it like a mile.
Why? because kobe anticipated the move. Lebron doesn't have many moves.
you might say, well if you play him hard he will drive. But one thing many fail to see or acknowledge is what IndianGuy have been saying all these years. Lebron's off the dribble drive is not as good as you think.
(first game in Jan)
Kobe gave the precedent on how to check lebron. In the first game when Lebron hit a couple of shots in a row. What did kobe do? He switched on him that one time and hip checked him at the three point line and on his shooting arm, pushing him towards the middle, to pau gasol.
(Lebron game winning attempt over Kobe)
Notice on this vid how Bryant is draped all over Lebron and then hip checked him on his shooting arm even from the three point line...
Which is reminiscent of Jan when Lebron desperately tried to get a shot off kobe and couldn't.
That's superb defense that even guys like deng and iggy won't be able to pulll off. Though they are world class defenders, they are not very intelligent.
As battier puts it, its all about knowing someone tendencies.
People have to understand, watching Lebron dribble dribble dribble for 20 seconds and let him control the pace of the offense isn't good defense.
You have to hip check him to one direction towards a second defender.
Make him uncomfortable. This is not a testament to Lebron's greatness, trust me he's a great player, but this isn't the testament. Its the testament to the fact that he has only one or two moves in his arsenal.