are u guys kidding me with this LBJ can't play in the 90s BS.
the L has groomed this generation of players to play soft with all these new rules, but that doesn't change the fact that LBJ is a freak of [expletive]in nature.
if LBJ was allowed to play one on one with the majority of the 90s SFs, Lebron would [expletive]in smoke mother [expletive]ers, hand checking or not.
don't let your guys hate for this dude cloud your judgement.
70,s 80s or 90s. LeBron has never faced a defender the caliber of a Michael Cooper, and never will.
But the reason this generation is the way it is, is BECAUSE of zone defense.
Now the zone defense era makes it easier to stop stars, but in my opinion and my dad's as well its implementation is also the reason why guys rarely come into the league as one on one defenders, because they don't have to be.
A lot of basics of the one on one defensive game have been lost because of their means of simplifying the game in some aspects.
So in a way it was easier back in the days of iso players when zone was illegal to score than it is with the zone played on them. But there aren't as many one on one great defenders nowadays and those that are, are few and far between or seen as special because of it. Because of zone, they aren't taught to master the one on one things like how to ensure someone NEVER beats you baseline with one step, how to stay in front of someone beating any move they make with two steps, knowing how to focus on the chest, making them give up their position, knowing how to play angles and when to LET them beat you, understanding how to play in their chest and knowing how much ground to give, how to force their momentum to change and timing it so it makes them drag their foot and cause a traveling violation, and my biggest pet peeve players don't do.. knowing how to watch the ball AND the guy you're defending, 90% of the time it seems like they only know how to watch one and it's frustrating as all heck!! ALL the aspects of the game they aren't taught to master, and a very few players in todays game use. It actually makes me sad, because I was raised on that kind of teaching, and now I see less and less players use it.
That's because it's more about a team shutting down a star over an individual player shutting down a star.
But that era produced a lot of GREAT one on one defenders because of the lack of zone allowance players had to learn how to stop players. Why do you think Michael Jordan said the strategy to stop LeBron's game down to when he drives left he'll do this when he drives right he'll do this. It was instilled in that era's basketball players to scout players on an individual level, that's why Michael was able to break down exactly HOW to stop him one on one so simply. You don't have "minds" like that in the game now because of the simplicity of the game has eliminated the need for it, the closest is Kobe and once he retires there won't be anymore left. it's a sad thought isn't it?
The one in particular I'd have loved to see matched up one on one with LeBron is Michael Cooper. He is someone I think LeBron would have fits trying to score on, freak of nature or not.
Edited by Majesty, May 14, 2013 - 03:26 AM.