Don't be so quick to label Lebron James the next "Air Jordan." Ever since Michael Jordan retired from the NBA, everyone in the basketball world has been searching for the next Air apparent.
Kobe Bryant clearly has demonstrated that he's undoubtedly one of the most prolific players in the NBA, but he's not done enough to make us forget the images of Michael Jordan flying through the air from the free throw line to dunk the basketball. Man, I still get goose bumps when I think about it!
And, here comes...Lebron James!
(Check out some Lebron James highlight videos below...They're guaranteed to blow your socks off!!!)
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Lebron James has definitely taken the NBA by storm. He's shown some remarkable array of basketball skills for a player his size--stands tall at 6'8" and weighs 250 lbs of chiseled muscle--that the so-called basketball gurus proclaim that they've never seen before. Like Michael Jordan before him, every kid now dreams of playing like Lebron.
But, Lebron would probably be the first to tell you that he didn't become one of the best players in the NBA by accident--he worked hard! If you would like to some day be considered one of the best basketball players in the world, check out these basketball drills.
So far, for the most part, Lebron James has lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he was first drafted into the NBA right out of high school.
It's safe to say that Lebron James is the "complete package." He can shoot both the mid-range and outside shots relatively well...
He's definitely considered a team player and a "double threat", because he's never shy about "sharing" the ball with his teammates...
He can drive hard to the basketball for a seemingly easy dunk or layup because of his amazing strength...
One-on-one, Lebron James is almost an unstoppable "force of nature" because he's very hard to defend due to his lightening speed; and, he can handle the ball quite well.
But, it doesn't stop there...
To make matters worse for his opponents, Lebron James is equally as versatile and fierce on defense, and he is capable of dominating the backboard with his rebounding ability.
You can see why Lebron James is dubbed the nickname, "King James." The following video gives some insight into the skills of Lebron James.
Lebron James Highlights.
Okay, after watching the Lebron James video highlights above, wouldn't you agree that he's quite a talented player? Of course you do. Is it safe to say that the video even conjured up certain images and memories of MJ23? Most definitely.
But, the question is, even though Lebron James is certainly an exciting player to watch, has he done enough in his relative short time in the NBA to be worthy of the crown as the new "Savior" of the NBA?
Before you answer that question, here is another Lebron James highlight video--just in case you're having a hard time making up your mind...
Don't forget to think about all the awards that Lebron James has already won. Like Jordan before him, Lebron James continue to rack up some individual accolades early in his NBa career...
Lebron James Awards & Recognition.
NBA Eastern Conference Champion with the Cavaliers: 2007
The Sporting News Co-MVP: 2006
2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2006,2008
NBA Rookie of the Year: 2004
4-time NBA All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
4-time All-NBA: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
NBA regular season leader, points per game: 2008 (30.0)
NBA regular season leader, field goals made: 2005 (795), 2008 (794)
NBA regular season leader, minutes played: 2005 (3,388), 2007 (3,190)
NBA regular season leader, traditional three-point plays: 2006 (79)
And much more...
I think you get the point: Lebron James has won quite a few individuals awards, and he would most likely win many more before the end of his NBA career.
But, before we get ahead of ourselves and start baptizing Lebron James as the Savior of the NBA, Lebron James has made it to the NBA finals only once, and that's the closest he has come to winning an NBA championship--thus far!
Plus, Lebron James has not been "tested" by the "Bad Boys" of the NBA like Michael Jordan was by the Detroit Pistons before he won his first NBA championship.
In other words, Lebron James has not proven to us yet that he can go into any basketball arena and dominate the best teams in the NBA right now. Until he does, he will be viewed as an incredible individual talent who has the potential to be great.