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Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  117 responses

LeBron James Developing a Post Game

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Imagine being the most dominant and unstoppable force of nature in the game, with 2 MVPs in the bag (with more surely to come), and yet your game still needs some work.

Welcome to the wonderful world of LeBron James.

We’ve seen flashes of it in the Miami Heat’s two first games this year, but LeBron says the development of his postgame is increasingly becoming a priority.

And that, friends, is terribly bad news for defenses around the NBA.

The Palm Beach Post reports:

This season, though, he says he’s “keying” on something else: His low-post repertoire. “I’ve spent a lot of time, but not enough time, on that,” James said.

Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said it would be “awful” for the rest of the league if James develops that part of his game. He coached Michael Jordan during Jordan’s first three seasons, and then during Jordan’s final two seasons. As a young player, Jordan didn’t set up on the block much. “When he went to Washington, he was one of the best low-post players in the game,” Collins said. At age 40.

Watching LBJ set up on the block this early in the season, you can tell that it’s something he hasn’t quite mastered yet.

The fact that he’s willing to work hard on it isn’t just cause for concern for opponents. Once James has that essential (and deadly) part of his game down pat, it’ll be enough to make foes consider waving the white flag.

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  • The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING.

  • IHaveADream

    As much as LeBron’s game deserves critique with areas such as his post game, I’m a little thrown off by all of the hate that this man is getting. He’s the best all around player in the game. God forbid these guys finally begin to take their careers in their own hands. Decide where they want to play and who they want to play with. Challenge owners and GMs. The way it should be. Everyone who doesn’t like what he did…you’re still going to watch the Heat play. I love guys who other people hate. The Allen Iversons, the Kobe Bryants and now you can throw LeBron in there. The villains. I hope he plays that role. Wade and Bosh too. It’s going to be a great season. And he took unnecessary heat for saying that race is a factor, because it definitely is. When people are burning jerseys, it’s not just because they’re upset that they won’t be winning as much anymore. It’s deeper than that.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    He’s got a long and mind blowing career ahead of him. The post game will be crucial for Miami’s success.

  • http://masterx1983@hotmail.com marchalmadness

    I can teach you some moves bron;-)

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    @ IHaveADream. Thank you. I feel the same way.

  • 2Tones

    LBJ only has to establish a low post game cuz that big Tranny Chris Bosh is too damn feminineto bang down low. What a waste 6’10 and useless. It’s not a big 3 in Miami it’s a huge 2, Bosh is overrated.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Lebron is uncomfortable with it. He doesn’t look like he knows how to use his body and strength without plowing someone over. His footwork isn’t bad, just not fluid. He also doesn’t have great touch with post finishes. HOWEVA……Michael didn’t start to dominate from the post until he was in his early 30′s. Kobe didn’t start to get his post game strong until he was about 30. Lebron has time to get it together, and Spo will make it a priority to have him get about 10 possessions a game there.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Great news.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    What Lebron has everyone else been watching? The one I saw has no post game at all.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    He’s going to need it. You can only run full-speed to the basket and power it in for so long.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Burning a jersey isn’t the same thing as burning a book of scriptures or a country’s flag. Let’s keep things in perspective.

  • Tom

    Good point Eboy, although Lebron has never really been fluid, I’d love to see him develop a Shawn kemp type post game, with baseline spins to the rim and just cram it on people. He could do that all day and no one would be able to do a thing about it.

  • Cheers

    Dude is such a beast, he is so much stronger than his competitors. If he only had the shots that go with his post game then he will be scary good. I saw two of the games that he played and dude was posting his defenders up like they were kids and taking them to the rims, but sadly he missed many shots within the vicinity of the rims, so dude must improve in that area. If he doesn’t get thing straight I see that he will lead the NBA in turnovers, dude is straight forcing things way too much. Dude is beasting in the post, and its about time if you have the size and that agility. He has time to improve after all he is pretty young. Long live the artist that is formerly known as the king, Lebron James, and all hail the mighty Kobe Bryant and his quest to his sixth championships.

  • mytiman

    As long as he doesn’t have a consistent 3 point shot, the league would be fine.

  • Vince5

    @Tom : Except MAYBE Dwight Howard.

  • rob stewart

    I’ve been peeping his post games and have noticed that he dribbles too much in the post. He pounds the ball 3-4 times when he simply needs to make a 1-2 dribble strong post move. Those extra dribbles allow defenders to recover and double team him. Hopefully he will move smarter in the post like Jordan and Kobe

  • Yesse

    His post game wasn’t that good against Celtics. If he can get a good post game he will dominate pretty well, but he isn’t there yet.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I would rather see Wade post up on defenders than Lebron and have Lebron slash to the basket, Wade has better footwork to me and can make more difficult shots in the air close to the rim. If the Heat are smart, let Wade post and Lebron cut/slash to the basket, but since Lebron is now the Heat leader, he can do whatever he wants to and posting is something that takes time and patience to develop. BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com Royal

    Im just happy dude wants to develop his game…..for a while I thought he was just content with what he does now…….Respect

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Seed, Wade has been posting up.

  • http://twitter.com/nbatalkandkicks Eduardo

    He needs to work on it because he’ll become better at it than what Chris Bosh has had his entire year.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Eboy
    I like Wade down low over Lebron, but if Lebron can post up, which he is working on will make him even harder to guard, but Lebron is falling in love with three pointers,which hopefully he is working on too. I do want to see the Heat do good, but hopefully in two to three after My Lakers four peat.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I thought D12 was the most dominant and unstoppable force in the NBA?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wade has been posting up, and that’s who everybody should worry about down there because he’s already got a wicked quick spin and most point guards can’t handle him at all.

  • Sizzle

    As EBOY stated, LBJ will be a beast once he gets more comfortable with it. He looks hesistant now. One other thing after watching both games, he’s gotta cut out on some of the turnovers. I know they are not all his fault but in both games (and this goes for Wade too) they avoided making the simple pass and instead tried to throw a skip pass and got picked. Right now it is being chalked up to the lack of chemistry, but I think some of it they just need to make the “simple play.” That being said, I can’t wait to see this team running on full gear. There were two signs in yesterday’s game of things to come. The lob from Bron to Wade on the break after Holiday missed the putback. Then the almost completed lob from Wade to Bron. It’s clear that they looked much more comfortable playing together on the 2nd night. I know it was the 76ers, but I think the first night had a lot to do with nerves and playing the best defensive team in the East. Give it time though, the show is just getting started. Yes Sirrrrr

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    The reason for him needing this now is because of Bosh. He is a flat out woman in a man’s game. Hell, even Lisa Lesie is tougher than him. And to think they wasted all that cash on him. He’s worth 12mil MAX. A healthy Amar’e would cause some serious damage.

  • Blackphantom

    Co-sign Eboy, you are exactly right about the Michael & Kobe post-game comment

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    LeBron’s post game looks weak right now, all power and no finesse. But like Eboy said, dude has plenty of time to learn. I remember when MJ would absolutley torch dudes with his turnaround fadeaway jumper.

  • IHaveADream

    People on Yahoo are celebrating and acting like the Cavs are seriously better without LeBron LOL!
    He needs to get better with his footwork. Once he does that, he will officially be unstoppable. If he adds footwork ala Kobe Bryant and his shot gets better, you are talking about a top 5 player of all time.

  • Chris

    Love how all that LEBRON IS GOING TO ACE A TRIPLE DOUBLE FOR THE SEASON talk has evaporated.

  • bill breedley

    As much as I am not exactly sold on sidekick, learning some post moves are exactly the key for him to properly use his god given physique. Enough with the flashy highlight plays. Post game is key to finally becoming a winner.

  • Wilson

    @ Chris, he still might w/ the turnovers he’s been putting up.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I thought for sure the Lebron slurpfest would end this year…the guy had a goaltending in sportscenter top 10 two days ago.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Michael and Kobe had a post game way before 30. Kobes 32 right now. He’s been killing the block, pinch post, etc. with that fade a lot longer than two years. And agreed Wade is more dangerous right now because of his speed and footwork. Post game is a lot about footwork. Brons? Eh. Not saying he can’t get there but right now he looks like a bull in a china shop.

  • Marcel Mutoni

    What Myles said …

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    As ususal, guys don’t take their reading comprehension pills. I believe I worded in my inital comment that “Michael didn’t start to DOMINATE from the post until he was in his early 30’s. Kobe didn’t start to get his post game STRONG until he was about 30″. You can have a post game all day long. Until it’s dominant, it can be taken away and your limited ability can be exposed by active post defenders. Once you perfected it (or get close to it)it’s a deadly weapon regardless of the defense employed against it. Kobe and Michael had that post game prior to the ages I mentioned. They didn’t destroy dudes from that spot until then.

  • izzo

    Thanks for the clarification. You’re still wrong.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    What izzo said.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    izzo, and you would know this….how exactly? Weren’t you about 3 years old when Mike was getting ready to retire from the Bulls? If you thought that either of those guys were dominating from the post, with traditional post moves (not just shooting fadeaways, before the age of 30, you are mistaken.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d like to ask either of you to prove your certainty with stats showing post production for either guy, but since there is none to show it, I’ll just move on past your ignorance. Especially from the guy who still is in his teens.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I wasn’t in my teens and Ive seen damn near all of both of games so perhaps I won’t be discounted so easily. And for all of my ignorance, oh wise basketball Buddha, perhaps you’ll consider this. They weren’t dominant in the post til their 30′s because they didn’t rely on it as much, not because they couldn’t do so. Why stay in the post when you still have all world speed, quickness and vertical? Hint: you don’t.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    And how old do you really have to be to see video of Jordan killing Cleveland with that same fadeaway and stepthrough game in 1989?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He can’t turn left in the post. I wouldn’t call that “development”

  • http://slamonline.com Jeremy Bauman

    Myles i simply don’t agree. Why not develop and use his post game NOW if it will help his team win the championship? It is a missing piece for him and he should have been learning how to work out of the post for a while now because it would help every aspect of his game. He would be in better position on the court to score, make plays and get fouled while also forcing the defense to converge on him every time. This part of his game is a vital necessity right now and he isn’t near where he should be with it, in my opinion.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Myles
    Yet we’re critcizing Lebron for not posting up?
    Doesn’t he have all-universe speed, quickness and vertical?
    I agree Lebron looks rough on the block, but at least he’s goign down there more often. I think he’s too upright on the block, and like Enigmatic said, he pounds the rock to much before knowing what he should do. He doesn’t catch the ball in attacking position, and it takes him too long to decide how to attack when he wants to dribble. He really should be posting up in the Magic Johnson/JKidd mode, not in the Jordan/Kobe mode and I think he can get there with a little more work.
    But, like I said, Wade is the one who is going to be a problem when the Heat go to their big lineup and point guards have to guard either him, or James Jones. Guard Wade and you get brodied on the block, guard James Jones/mike miller and you get to worry about cross matches.
    But, Bosh has to be more assertive. he needs to get back to how he was in the Olympics that summer.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You answered your own stupidity. They barely played there because THEY DIDN’T HAVE TOO!!!!!!! THAT WAS MY F*CKING POINT! Just because you can bake a great apple pie doesn’t make you better than anyone else if you only make it at Christmas or some dumb comparison like that. You can’t be DOMINANT at anything in basketball if you do it sporadically. That’s why I was trying to convey.

  • Ronald

    Maybe he should learn to do a few screens once in a while. Aren’t Miami sick of Wade AND Lebron floating on the perimeter all day?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *what I was trying to convey

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Let’s be clear about something else Clifford, if you can’t convey your point clearly, that doesn’t make us stupid. It just makes you a blowhard.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    And I only expect a post game of Bron because he’s even more advanced than MJ and Kobe as far as a potential to be a beast on the block. I wouldn’t care as much if he at least had a midrange, but he needs to develop one of the two, no?

  • http://slamonline.com LAKERSLEGEND

    Lebron can back down just about anyone that trys to guard him he just needs to be able to finish looks like lebron is another person that needs to be practice wit the dream on post plays

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And you an ignoramous? Maybe? No? BTW, are you jealous of my name or something? You seem to use it whenever you get flustered.

  • T-Money

    Myles: you do realize that you countered your own argument, right? Just checking. I don’t know if Kobe had a post game or not at 25, what I do know is that he rarely went to the block at 25 because he was too busy crossing cats and dunking in their face. Bron’s post game is rough right now, (though he has the ability to just bully 3s under the basket and score, which still counts for 2 points even though it’s kinda ugly) but let’s not forget that he is unguardable turning the corner after a high screen with shooters in each corners and big rolling. that’s his bread and butter and it should stay that way until he stops being the fastest 3 in the league.

  • izzo

    Eboy: Even though a knowledgable three year old can recognize a decent post game, I’ll concede MJ. But I can say with great confidence with my adolescent and adult memory that Kobe was dominant with his post game for at least, AT LEAST the past 6 years. People(you) have been saying that Kobe’s post game has been biting Jordan’s for as long as this site has had a comments section. I look forward to the usual routine of you being backed into a corner and calling everyone idiots and something about how you could beat us all one on one.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    If everyone around you is misinterpreting your message then perhaps, you’re not delivering it well. It’s okay to admit that every once in a while. And I’m hardly jealous of your name. I just think if you’re going to continually act like a child, then perhaps you should be treated like one.

  • http://slamonline.com Jeremy Bauman

    His footwork, though, is far behind MJ’s and Kobe’s though when he attempts to post up. He has all of the potential there possible because he can shoot, see the open man anywhere on the court, or drive to the rim. The key is figuring out his go-to moves, drilling them and becoming more and more confident as the season and his career goes on.

  • T-Money

    Myles: you gotta dead that midrange game argument. It’s already there, the data is available to all on hoop data DOT com. Bron shot 40% from 16 to 23 ft the last two seasons, right on par with Kobe, D-Wade, KD and the other superstar wings.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Do you know what dominant means? Kobe Bryant was not a legitimate post threat until last season. He had post moves yes, but he wasn’t dominant, or even conistently reliable.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Not everyone, just you Alan. So according to your logic, even in the last year of Shaq’s time in LA and Karl Malone being there for a season, Kobe was dominating the post? 6 years ago, right? I’ll use this example, nitwit (not idiot)….how many points did Kobe get in his 81 point game from the post….you know the game that everyone and their mother watched in some way or another? Go Youtube it, Youtube boy and report back after you do. In Kobe’s greatest scoring game, I’d like to know how his DOMINANT post game did that night.

  • T-Money

    On another note: why do you go by Myles Brown exactly?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    nbk just was crowned the smartest guy in the room.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    We’ve been there before. And I showed the data from NBA hot spots that shows he was below average on many midrange spots. But regardless, that was last year. I haven’t seen much of a midrange from him this season. Mostly threes, drives and free throws.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’ve seen one midrange jumper that connected for Lebron in two games. I think he’s taken about 6 from that range.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Um, because it’s my name?

  • T-Money

    I think the best option right now for Bron would be to post like Melo. Instead of backing down his man, he should try to establish post position as deep as possible, and then take a hard dribble toward the hoop and finish as soon as he catches the ball – all in one motion. There’s just no way to defend that with his combination of power, speed, leaping ability and touch with both hands. He just doesn’t look that comfortable with his back to the basket. / The Cavs had a beautiful play where they would run a pin down for Bron to come up on the mid post then curl toward the rim, catch it in stride and explode to the rim on one dribble. Deadly. Of course, they stopped calling that play after the first 10 games.

  • JTaylor21

    Word-up T-Money continue to state actual facts and numbers when talking about Bron’s mid-range game while others keep telling lies and talking out their a** ahem Myles. The numbers don’t lie, Bron is a very good shooter and gets it done from the perimeter contrary to what the haters think.

  • T-Money

    Isn’t it Max Airington?

  • http://slamonline.com Philly

    should work on his ball handling, 17 turnovers Queen James

  • JTaylor21

    He doesn’t go to his mid-range shot as much as say KD and Kobe but that doesn’t mean he can’t make em. Like someone stated before why waste your time on that when you can be crossing up and dunking on chaps all-day long. It’s called Milking the cow dry.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    That was the fake name. I still use it to sign receipts.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Why does LeBron NEED a post game? that’s what I don’t get. I understand it would be advantageous to be able to put him in different spots, but i don’t see how it’s a need..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    nbk, I don’t think it’s needed either, but, if he had an above average one, on this particular team, he might be able to get one on one possessions from that spot all season long.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I can see that, I mean I doubt he gets one on one possessions even without a post game closer then 20ft to the basket. He is 6’9 270+, if they use the right lineup he is a mismatch anywhere with the ball inside the perimeter, even without a fadeaway, hook, drop step, up & under or any other fundamental post move

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    He needs a post game for the same reason he needs a midrange and to make his free throws. Options. The more options he has as a scorer, the less options the defense has. Otherwise they’ll just keep playing him to take the three and cutting off his drives. You don’t wait until you’re losing a step to compensate in other areas, you prepare for that moment and transition seamlessly.

  • http://sovainmag.tumblr.com Sylvanus

    LeBron should’ve had a post game from his rookie year.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    When Myles calls Eboy Clifford, i read it in my head with a Cam’ron voice for my own personal amusment. Cuuurtis.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    So Myles all he needs is a consistent jumpshot. He is 25, traditionally 3 years from a players prime. Losing a step isn’t on the horizon yet, its not even worth preparing for.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ^ And Bosh should’ve had a post game way before that.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Killa!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I have never been a fan of a player working on something that they have never been asked to do instead of working on things (like his jumpshot off the dribble) that are imperative to the type of game they play now.

  • T-Money

    Myles: Yes, we’ve been there before so I don’t know why you keep bringing it up. I don’t understand your cold spots argument because on what side of the floor the mid range jumpers are taken is completely irrelevant. PP always goes to his sweet pot on the right ft line extended, does that make him less of a deadly midrange jump shooter? Especially considering that guys like that can go to their sweet spot at will basically and rise over the defense. An assessment of his midrange J for the new season, 2 games in is even more irrelevant.

  • http://slamonline.com Jeremy Bauman

    The word need isnt the right one. Its use. He could use a post game because i will help his overall game

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    When you’re a player of Brons caliber and are facing the defenses and expectations he is, need is the right word. He’s not gonna win those six championships he counted off without it.

  • izzo

    Need is the right word if LeBron wants a greater legacy than Steve Nash.

  • saveahoe11

    I have heard year after year Lebron was working on his post game. Seriously for the past 4 summers thats what he was working on. His post game is garbadge. He has no moves no level of comfort and besides dunking over someone, skill wise, he looks like a high schooler down there. Way to put in that hard work queen, maybe worry about that over summer instead of slapping Don Johnsons nutz around….

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    So Myles how did Jordan win those first 3 titles without a post game? If Miami wins 6 of the next 7 (hypothetical ofcourse) championships, he will be 32, the same age michael was when he started going to the post and won his last 3 titles. Just saying, its not needed, it would help, but need is the wrong word

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Fact: you dont have to have the exact same skill set to the T as Michael Jeffery at various ages and stages of you career to win a chip.

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    So does Doug Collins every miss an opportunity to mention he coached MJ? It’s sickening. So glad he won’t be calling games for a while.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Fact: you don’t need to be a small forward with a post game to win titles.
    Fact: you don’t need anything but the opportunity to take advantage of what you are great at to win titles well that and the given(s) great teammates and a great coach. .

  • PapaBearATL

    Lebron needs a post game because the refs are starting recognized is fullback-esque drives to lane are charges! Plus, he is a physically opposing mismatch to anyone guarding him and Bosh is softer than baby crap on the block. They don’t have a dominant center if Bron is down low, the perimeter options with Wade, House, Miller etc, become ridiculus.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    When Myles writes “Clifford” I imagine him sighing, then curling his lip in disdain as he types. Plus, it cracks me up that a white dude from Miami is named “Clifford.”
    On Bron’s post game, I guess it’s how you define “need.” If you’re going to be a top notch scorer, you need to eliminate most weaknesses as far as scoring from your game. Plus, I think Lebron would be so more efficient if he directed the offense and initated his own offense closer to the basket. With his scoring skill and athletic ability, the closer he is to the rim, the more of a problem he becomes.
    But, I agree that his midrange and free throws are a more pressing concern. Bron can shoot, but he’s not where he needs to be to prevent teams from feeling comfortable with him shooting midrange jumpers. No team in the league feels comfortable with Kobe and Durant shooting midrange jumpers. None.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    I have never been a grammar stickler, but man nbk why would you put an “s” in “given” and why the hell would you sandwich it between parentheses?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    because i wasn’t paying attention

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    i’m glad lebron finally started expanding his game instead of being angry when anyone suggested it. he’s pretty much been getting by on being a freak of nature. polishing his game up will do him some good.

  • RedRum

    are you guys kidding me??? I am not a Lebron fan, but the guy can murder it in the post once he works on it. I think it is actually more pressing the mid-range everyone is talking about. Lebron needs to develop a drop step. Just basic post basketball. Catch, feel what the defense gives you drop either left or right. Big step, one hard dribble, BANG! straight up. Of course he has the footwork to do that. He might not have Kobe’s feel to develop Dream-like post moves, but he has better footwork than Malone for example. Think that he the same height and almost same weight as malone.

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    HE IS A TRULY GIFTED ATHLETE AND I’M ASTOUNDED AT HOW MUCH HE’S ACCOMPLISHED WITH HIS LIMITED SKILL SET. LEBRON IS STILL FUNDAMENTALLY RAW IN MANY ASPECTS OF THE GAME. HIS OFF THE CHARTS PHYSICAL ABILITY COMPENSATE GREATLY. KINDA LIKE DEION SANDERS WHO SKILL WISE WAS AN AVERAGE CORNER BACK BUT HIS 4 FLAT SPEED MADE HIM NIGHTMARE ON THE CORNER. WHEN LEBRON JAMES DEVELOPS ALL THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF HIS GAME ALA KOBE BRYANT HE WILL BETTER THAN ANY BASKETBALL PLAYER EVER BORN. POINT BLANK PERIOD.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    He should model his post game after melos. Quick, aggressive moves to the rim. Make the shot or make the right pass.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Actually Lebron needs to develop his post game because the heat have NO threat in the post and he’s supposedly their best player. Actually he’s supposedly the best player in the universe, so a post game would be nice. He is actually the strongest and most athletic 6’9 guy in the NBA, so the post would be the natural spot to dominate especially since no one else on the team can do it. I shudder to think of the heat with Lebron in the post and Wade controlling the wing, they would terrorize the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I hope he develops a deadly pull-up jumper too more than anything. Then average 82+% from the line please. In regards to his post game, I’m glad he’s working on it.

  • BillyQ

    he needs to get a post game.His spring and speed will desert him as he gets older but if develops a post game it will be a way to get easy buckets without taxing the body.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    :et’s talk when he has a post game. Anyone can say they’re working on it. Amare needs to learn D but we aren’t talking about that.

  • The Philosopher

    My Brethren:
    It is only 2 games in. The King and his Men will be fine.
    Anyways, Eboy is white??
    As far as The King’s post game, one or more persons suggested that it is a good thing that The King is venturing down there.
    I agree. Once he is totally comfortable down there (and, he will become totally comfortable) there will be nothing anyone can do with him. (not that anyone can, now)
    It is funny. The King still does not fully know how to play the Game. However, he is still the best IN the Game.
    Once/IF he fully learns the Game, he will be a top 5 all time talent.
    Co-sign Allenp on his D. Wade in the post comments.

  • http://twitter.com/nbatalkandkicks Eduardo

    He needs to develop his post game because once developed he’ll be better at it than what Chris Bosh has been for his entire career. No offense to Bosh I just think LeBron has more potential. Athletic, strong, and quicker than what Bosh is, even though Bosh is taller.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m not arguing he shouldn’t develop a post game, I just don’t think it should be his first priority.

  • robb

    lol what post game??? the headline should be “Lebron starting to think it would be a good idea to develop a post game”

  • Michael

    co sign robb, dude has no post game right now and ill be suprised if he does anytime in the next three years. It would be good for the heat if he did have one right now.

  • kudos

    - Sometimes when people grow too tall they become more goofy and awkward. Which is why lebron will never look smooth when he’s shooting or dribbling. Dude is just one goofy as$ kid. This also accounts for him never being more than a volume shooter. Forget the post-game, he needs someone to teach him not to charge so much. –

  • jay

    Eboy kobe been had a post ame he just didnt use it as ,much…he got all the wrinkles out with hakeem but he been postin mimicking u know who

  • jay

    That’s a fact, this guy is so raw and no technical approach in some aspects….he does have a feel for the game..not as a closer but in all just playing the game all around. He’s won nothing so even if he does develope a respectable post game he still wont be the best ever, the nerve of this guy……Im not a hater he is an amazing speciman and he has hell of talent but believe u me he will slow down around 28-30 because of the pounding he takes and all the monster dunks of his youth with return to haunt his knees…..

  • rikson

    Get fu*k out here with that race-factor… Thats the BIGGEST bs i have ever heard! Its just a sport thing! No fan likes it when the best player leaves to play somewhere else! Especially when your team was close to a ring with that player… And even more so, when hes going to a team that will most likely build a dynasty with him! Thats it! No deeper meaning..! What, nothing else? – Yes – nothing else… Oh and LBJ is a basketball player, and “just” a basketball player… I doubt that he is very intelligent or even knows a lot about the people he claims to be racists! So follow your “king” when its about hoops, but use your own brain when it comes to anything else…

  • http://www.twitter.com/HurstySYD Hursty

    What Myles said in his first comment.

  • The Philosopher

    Still on your mind too?
    I am legit.

  • rikson

    Americans are always complaining about racism, but that wasnt the first time it was used as an excuse! Tbh its a vital part of your economy and industry as well! Just take a look at US-comedy… There are a ton of people who make a lot of money with racism! Over time it has become a part of your culture, so you wont get rid of it as you dont want to!!! Thats why you are always talking about racism… Even when it comes to stuff that has nothing to do with it!
    I am lugas. Destroyer of the illusions…

  • bashmo

    hm…well miami has to have SOME sort of force on the block. Bosh is not really a backto the basket player, so having james post up with his size and strength is bad news for many teams. If he can developed a drop step, up and under, fake and up and under, fade away j in the post, shimmy shakes, and such, he can become a serious offensive threat. One of his only offensive weaknesses is his post game. He really does want to improve.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    So Eboy’s real name is Clifford? That was a golden nugget of information. I now picture Cliff Clavin from Cheers, postman’s outfit and all angrily typing away from his bachlors pad. Thank you Myles. To stay on the subject; LeBron need a post-ups game just like Howard needs one; to be a better player. Can he do without it and still be a dominant factor, yes. But so can Howard. He needs it to be a better player simple as that. Another thing, there is no doubting that Kobe has all the post-moves down. But when has he ever been dominating from the post. He has the moves allright, but it is not like it is his bread and butter or anything. Against the Celtics against a smaller and older Ray or a smaller Tony Allen, he would very rarely go in the post. Kobe bread and butter is pull-ups, I reckon he has all the post moves in the book, but really dominant in the post he is not. Michael was a whole other story, he would live on the block even against bigger players (Drexler in ´92, R. Dumas in ´93, B. Russel against the Jazz just to name a few) it is no secret that Mike had superior strength to Kobe that might have been the reason. But the notion that Kobe dominates in the post is completely exaggerated. He is a great post-player yes, but he really rarely uses it – not hating at all, but go watch the film and you will see.

  • billaras kats

    I didn’t read all the comments but eboy is right. The GOAT had a brilliant inside game but the first time I saw him dominate and killing everybody with his post game was during the 93 finals with the suns. Age 30 if I’m not mistaken

  • Jagster

    Billy Q.

    You said it man!

    I don’t know why that’s so hard to see.

    Lebron is too big and heavy to be bringing the ball up the court, running fast breaks and trying to drive from up top to the hoop consistently.

    It will be much easier and less taxing for him to post up and have a mid range game.

    He’ll be 26 at the end of the year and he already got his knees heavily iced after practices now.

    He needs to be more efficient in his scoring. And with Dwayne Wade their. It shouldn’t be a problem for him.

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