LeBron James: Star in Decline?

11/2/13 in NBA   |   nickycegz   |   1 respect

Yes I know, the title may be a little drastic and no I do not think LeBron is done. Actually I think that LeBron has 2-4 more years of being the best in the league, but I noticed one significant part of his game that looks very off.
We all know James as the guy that gets to the rim at will and can elevate over almost any defender. Starting last year in the playoffs I observed James getting blocked by players like Danny Green on fast break opportunities that he normally dunks it with ease. I did not think too much of it at the time because I figured a long season could have just wore the King down, but the start of this year begins to show more signs.
In the second game of the season LeBron was on the receiving end of one of his trademarked moves. On a fast break Evan Turner of the Philadelphia 76ers dunk on James, something none of us are used to seeing. It was only two years ago in the playoffs when LeBron rose up to block New York Knicks 7’1 Tyson Chandler at his full leap, Chandler is one of the more athletic bigs in the league. Just last night LeBron got blocked by Grandpa Paul Pierce who never had great leaping ability to begin with, this is not the LeBron we are all used to seeing.
LeBron has added to his game and he will still be amongst the elites, but his reign of athletic immortality may be coming to an end faster than we all could have expected.
Jun 16, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) blocks the shot by Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter of game five in the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

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11/3/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

All the things you mentioned happen to every great player; it shows they are human. In fact, do you  recall hearing about LeBron being dunked on in a summer game a few years ago? He went as far to make sure nobody saw the video of it. It's hard to say King James is on any decline considering he just came off his best season ever. If anything teams are watching video trying new ways to defend him.