On Saturday night Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James continued his outstanding playoff run with his second buzzer-beater. The Toronto Raptors were the victim this time as James gave the Cavaliers a commanding 3-0 lead that eventually turned into a sweep.
After another buzzer-beater, and ridiculous playoff averages of 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and nine assists, James is looking practically unstoppable right now. That, of course, just leads many to wonder what is the best way to do so, and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant believes has an idea.
Kobe appeared on the Chris and Caron Show with Chris Mannix and Caron Butler, and explained what he would do if he were guarding James:
“For one thing, you have to stop letting him go left. Every big shot that he makes is going left. He’s remarkable about getting to that left hand, raise up and shoot. That’s the first thing I would do—disrupt his ability to go left. It’s amazing, all those shots are either coming right shoulder from the post or off the dribble with his left hand. That’s the first thing I would do, make him do something different besides going to that left.”
Leave it to Kobe to notice that about LeBron. Both of his playoff buzzer-beaters this year involved him going left before rising up for the shot.
Add to it that James’ most-famous buzzer-beater before this year, in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic, came with him going left.
Of course the sign of being a great player is when the opponent knows what you want to do, but is unable to stop it. At this point, LeBron seems to be at that level, but it certainly would’ve been great to see Kobe on the other end trying to stop him.
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