Originally written on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Recently I’ve noticed this topic brought up by the media on several occasions.  I’ve heard some very credible reporters say he’s the smartest “basketball mind” in the league.  Last week Sportscenter ran a feature on LeBron’s “basketball IQ” that promoted this very idea.  It included teammate Shane Battier (who’s widely thought of as one of the most intelligent NBA players himself) saying LeBron “is like A Beautiful Mind.”   Why does this discussion have to happen?  Why can’t it be enough that he’s the best player in the world?  Why does the LeBron love-fest need to generate crazy ideas like this too? Here’s why it’s a ridiculous notion: Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense for the guy with the highest basketball IQ to be a player who’s been a superstar despite not possessing insane freak-of-nature athletic ability?  Off the top of my head, Steve Nash, Paul Pierce, Manu Ginobli, and the recently retired turned head coach just 9 days later Jason Kidd all come to mind (quick sidebar, it’s amazing to think that Kidd was able to land a coaching job in less time than the number of games he went without scoring (10) to finish his playing career). Or maybe the smartest basketball mind in the league is a guy sitting on the end of the bench somewhere; someone without that much talent who’s brilliance is just enough to keep him on a roster, Jason Collins maybe?  Or could it be a cagey veteran who would have been forced to call it quits long ago if not for his vast knowledge of the game, like 40 year old Juwan Howard for example? I’ll admit LeBron makes spectacular passes, and I’ll accept the fact that he does have a very astute knowledge of the game.  But consider this: Of the roughly 7 billion people on the planet, LeBron is the one with the most basketball talent physically.  And now you’re going to tell me that out of the 450 or so players in the NBA, he’s also the one with the most hoops talent mentally?  Come on. Check out “37 seconds of sports and other stuff i care about” at lucidsportsfan.com, and follow Mark on twitter @LucidSportsFan Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Shaq trips and eats it

Report: Sean Miller to take over for Billy Donovan as U19 coach

Cardale Jones responds to Joakim Noah's trash talk

Texas A&M QB Kyler Murray opts out of MLB draft

Cavs show requisite desperation to make this a series

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Gronk tells media you can deflate deez nuts

Clippers guard Chris Paul to miss Game 2 against Rockets

The Big 12 football’s new tiebreaker procedure

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ season should turn around soon

Tristan Thompson to start Game 2 vs. Bulls

Sanchez absolutely believes he can win Eagles starting gig

Ex-Eagle Todd Herremans: Chip Kelly is equally racist

Joakim Noah says fan in Cleveland spit on him after Game 2

WATCH: Brewers broadcasters trapped inside booth, rescued

WATCH: Votto ejected for throwing helmet, bumping ump

Ronda Rousey named most dominant athlete alive

After five games, the playoffs finally start for the Warriors

Sportsbooks remove Patriots, NFL betting futures pending Deflategate punishment

McIlroy, Spieth both downplay notion of budding rivalry

The six best NBA playoff performances so far

Pierre Garcon says legalized pot could help his pizza business

Pedro Martinez: Manny spiked pregame shot with Viagra

Was keeping Andre Ethier L.A.'s best offseason move?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jim Harbaugh: I'd love to see Judge Judy on Supreme Court

Chip Kelly: 'I won't be here' if Eagles have to draft top QB

Brewing dispute over A-Rod’s bonuses

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Projecting the All-Star Game rosters

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

Eliminate Hack-A-Player: Don't reward violating sports rules

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.