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LeBron Disagrees With Michael's Scouting Report On Him

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#1 LALakersFan4Life


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Posted May 24, 2013 - 07:23 AM


LeBron James doesn't finish well at the rim when going left? That's what Michael Jordan said in the scouting report he gave to ESPN's Wright Thompson earlier in the year.

James picked up a thrilling overtime victory at the buzzer in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers by finishing at the rim while going to his left. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that James called out Jordan's "left-hand theory":

"That theory is wrong, I guess," James said of the Jordan report.

James plays basketball right-handed but writes left-handed. Over the years he's gotten better going left, though at one time it was indeed considered one of the weaker parts of his game.

Here's James' game-winning layup where he finished with his left hand, after driving left against Paul George, with only seconds left in overtime:


If the Pacers agreed with Jordan's evaluation prior to Game 1, they have every reason to disagree after losing to James' left hand in overtime. The NBA's MVP can not only drive to his right or left, but he can finish with either hand, too. Go figure.


Edited by LALakersFan4Life, May 24, 2013 - 07:25 AM.

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 07:40 AM

Micheal wasn't wrong.  Lebron did struggle in the past going left. Last time I check Micheal said this before Lebron got a little better in his game so its not fair for Lebron to say Micheal is wrong.  King James been talking alot lately. First with the being butthurt about Vogel saying the heat is just another team which Vogel didnt mean it that way then now this.  STFU James and just play.   Just because Lebron's game is getting better doesn't mean the critizism about his game in the past was wrong.  It is all correct.  He used to suck at jump shots, now he is a little better but not great.  He suck at going left. Now he is better.  

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 07:43 AM

In Cleveland this was fairly true, especially against better teams in the playoffs it became so noticeable when he would resort to jump shots.


Still if Lebron is basing this of the Game 1 vs Pacers, frankly Paul George couldn't make it easier for that particular play. Lebron has gotten confidence to drive, in reality thats usually the most important factors.

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 08:01 AM

People don't see that Lebron improves greatly after each season. There's practically no weakness to his game besides shooting 80+% in FT if you had to find something.

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 08:12 AM

George just overplayed bron there and expected him to get the ball at the top of the key, I dont think anyone said lebron will miss a wide open layup going to the left. You still have to make him go to his left whenever you watch a game and he drives to his left he is much more likely to pass or pullup then when he goes right, Mike was spot on about that pretty simple the thing is at the end of the day you have to pick your poison with lebron like with any great player.

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 09:05 AM

of course he does


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Posted May 24, 2013 - 10:58 AM

Its a wide open layup....he better make it with either hand.


LeBron needs to keep it down....hes lucky he isn't going up against Jordan..he would be getting locked down.

Edited by LakeShow805, May 24, 2013 - 10:59 AM.

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 11:18 AM

That particular play just shows that Pacers had a breakdown defensively and it was the most important play of the game, maybe the year for them if they can not manage to steal game 2. I still think that Lebron's most obvious weakness is exposed when he is forced to go to his left. It's because he does not have a pure mid-range j like Kobe especially when going left and he lacks the off-hand ball-handling skills to effectively drive to the basket. 

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 11:30 AM

So because he got overplayed twice and got open layups going to his left, the scouting report was wrong? 

Settle down LeBron.  

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 11:47 AM

Dwight Howard is a three-point shooter. He made a three once, in a game.

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 02:58 PM

Dwight Howard is a three-point shooter. He made a three once, in a game.

So is Bynum... and Gasol...


Yes, but ESPN is now showing all the times that LeBron has went left(they found 3) and finished to show how effective he is at it.. mind you the highlights were against the Magic...and the Bucks...

"Bryant had come to rage against the idea that Howard's clownish disposition could overtake the locker room, the Lakers' culture, and had warned Howard that he would never, ever let it happen." 

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Posted May 24, 2013 - 04:42 PM

I wish Kobe and lebron have a jump shooting contest.  Kobe will destroy Lebron easily.  Lebron still not a great jump shooter.

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