Oscar Robertson has great respect for LeBron James. He believes he's the leading candidate for MVP. He calls it "fair" that King James often is compared to the Big O.
Then again, there's one comparison Robertson wouldn't make.
"LeBron gravitates too much to the backcourt," Robertson said in phone interview about the Miami small forward.
Wait a minute. Didn't the Hall of Famer play in the backcourt?
Well, not exactly.
"I know when I played (from 1960-74), I was more effective from 15 feet to the basket than I was from 25 feet to the basket," said the 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard, who could punish guys near the basket and is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double in a season. "It's a simple thing."
Robertson said James would be even better if he sometimes didn't play so far from the basket.
"As gifted as LeBron is, you want him to finish plays," Robertson said. "You can start a play and finish it by yourself, but it's more difficult. I think I would want LeBron...