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The revelation that LeBron James looked up to Michael Jordan as a kid is probably not one that is met with much astonishment -- I mean, what kid from that generation didn't?
But LeBron's other basketball role model as a teenager growing up in Akron might come as something of a surprise.
According to ESPN , James to this day draws inspiration from Allen Iverson -- for his determination as much as his abilities on the court.
"I watch Jordan more than anybody, for sure," James told Chris Broussard. "But I'll watch tapes of A.I., too.
"I don't take anything from A.I. Well, I do -- his will. They say he was 6 feet, but AI was like 5-10½. Do we even want to say 160? 170 [pounds]? Do we even want to give him that much weight? And he played like a 6-8 2-guard. He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen.
"You could never question his heart. Ever. He gave it his all. A.I. was like my second-favorite player growing up, after M.J."
It's sometimes easy to forget just how amazing Iverson was because of the hard times he's fallen on in recent years.
But during his Jordan-crossing heyday , A.I. was as dominant as they came, especially given his diminutive stature.
An 11-time All-Star and the 2001 league MVP, Iverson led the NBA in scoring four times and steals twice, and he never seemed to take a break, pacing the league in minutes per game seven times.
And he was as efficient at the rim during the height of his career as he was toward the end of it -- though he'd probably just as soon forget this run-in with James himself:
LeBron and Iverson have a relationship from their days in the league together -- it's easy to forget they're only separated by 10 years -- and A.I. was somewhat clairvoyant in 2006, when he commented on LeBron's rocky future before it became his present.
But now, given LeBron's latest insight into Iverson's impact on his basketball upbringing, it appears two of the defining players of the past 15 years of NBA basketball may be even more kindred spirits than once thought.
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Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who played basketball for part of one season at Ole Miss, made the bold claim in a recent interview that he could NBA superstar LeBron James in a game of 1-on-1.
When Charlotte Observer reporter Jonathan Jones asked who would win a 1-on-1 game between Hardy and LeBron, Hardy answered:
"How should I answer this question? ...I would...
According to ESPN, Allen Iverson will officially announce his retirement October 30 at the Sixers’ home opener against the Miami Heat.
Allen Iverson, who became one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, will officially announce his retirement at the club’s home opener Oct. 30, according to sources close to the situation.
LeBron James shot 56.5 percent from the field last season for the Miami Heat, highlighted by a 21-game stretch in which he shot 63.2 percent from the floor and largely attributed to more focus toward scoring in the paint.
James was asked whether shooting 60 percent from the field is attainable for him this season.
"I don’t really set out goals as far as what I want to shoot...
LeBron James is in a very good place right now and I’m not talking about physically (even though Miami is a pretty damn good place), but I’m referring more to his mental state.
That’s what winning back-to-back Finals MVP awards will do for you. James was already regarded as the best player on the planet prior to winning a championship but now he finally realizes it.
LeBron James and a bunch of creative teens express themselves with the same intense passion LeBron brings to the game of basketball using his celebratory “LeBron face.”
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LeBron James has a message for all the teams in the Eastern Conference.
He hears you talking.
After being pushed to a game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals, and listening all summer to the return of Rose in Chicago, James and the Heat are aware people are gunning for them.
James not one to back down from anyone, said there was tension, but no rivalry with the Bulls and Pacers....
In case you’ve never heard of basketball, there’s this guy named LeBron James. He plays basketball, and he’s pretty damn good at what he does. At this stage in his career, there’s really no point into even looking at his numbers, because he gets more and more solid as the seasons go by, and he has the physical makings of someone who can play until he’s 50.
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I have my own theory as to why LeBron James and Michael Jordan aren’t that personally close, but I’ll share that with you later. First, here’s what LeBron had to say about whether or not he wished he had more of a relationship with Jordan to Chris Broussard. “Ahhh, I mean, I don’t know. […]
Second-year shooting guard Bradley Beal torched the Miami Heat on Tuesday night with 29 points (in 31 minutes, no less) in a 100-82 victory for the Washington Wizards. But it was LeBron James who stole the show in the second quarter, throwing down back-to-back powerful fast break dunks that prove he’s ready for the season to begin.
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Andrew Wiggins has been called the best player to come out of high school since LeBron James. While James has not talked to Wiggins, the Miami Heat superstar forward has some sage advice for the KU freshman phenom.
Ric Bucher has a new gig at the Bleacher Report, and what better way to reintroduce yourself to the masses than by getting the LeBron stans riled up on a Thursday afternoon.
Bucher has taken a hit for this statement before, and once again reaffirmed it on Tuesday when he took to Twitter to proclaim that he’d take Derrick Rose as a player over LeBron James.
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Nearing the end of the first half of tonight’s Miami Heat/Washington Wizards game, it appeared that LeBron James was going to take the ball to the basket.
However, instead of attacking the rack, he found teammate Dwyane Wade on the pretty alley-oop assist that D-Wade threw down with two hands:
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And to think the kid hasn’t even played a minute of college basketball yet. Incoming Kansas freshman is widely recognized as the best basketball prospect since LeBron James. Expected to be a superstar in the league, teams are prepping for what looks to be a star-studded 2014 NBA Draft class. Apparently though, it’s not just […]
Let’s all thank Greg Hardy for making it OK to never trust anything he says ever again.
Hardy, a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, scoffed at a reporter’s question about whether he would beat Miami Heat forward LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game. Hardy respectfully declined to challenge the supremacy of the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and admitted that...