Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  28 responses

LeBron James Finds Playing Power Forward ‘Taxing’

Due to Chris Bosh’s abdominal strain injury, LeBron James and company must do a lot more for the Miami Heat to be successful. LBJ admits that it’s not easy on his body. From the Miami Herald: “Though LeBron James is willing to play any position where he’s needed, he admitted before Game 2 on Tuesday that logging significant minutes at power forward takes a toll. With Chris Bosh sidelined by a strained abdominal muscle, James is playing more minutes at power forward, though he continues to start at small forward. He did good work defending Pacers power forward David West for stretches of Game 2. ‘It’s a lot more taxing being in there with bigger guys,’ James said. Defensively ‘is the biggest difference. When you’re on the perimeter, there’s more space. The interior is more cramped and physical. … But I’m ready for the challenge.’ The advantage of playing power forward is that ‘I can get more rebounds and start the break.’ James said he has played more positions this season than any of his seven years in Cleveland.”

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  • Mike Mihalow

    I thought he was supposed to be the MVP?

  • Mvp23100

    What other MVP candidates defend multiple positions Mike? what’s your point

  • Jer dawg

    He just admitting something that’s true. It happens when in the trenches.

  • JR

    It’s taxing to guard David West, a player who is an inch shorter and 50lbs lighter? Cmon Bron.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Interesting that the part where he says “But I’m ready for the challenge” didn’t make it into the headline.

  • Byebye

    Yeah how convenient that didn’t make it in the headline but it’s bron so they gotta make u read

  • http://twitter.com Niyosimba

    @Mike M you dont see Kevin Durant trying to guard Pau Gasol? He’s not complaining, just telling the truth.

  • ado

    bron just needs to shut up and play.. magic played center in his rookie year.. and yeah.. the point of being the MVP is just going out and perform

  • bike

    …thus ending the debate about whether guarding the perimeter is easier than defending down low.

  • ash

    I know it has been taxing. He’s missed one game in lockout season, paying diff position on defensive end, and then on offensive being #1 or #2 on offensive. Normally when you win MVP its for offensive not defensive. Smh ppl are so lame

  • Love The Game

    Why is everyone being so hard on this dude? He didn’t say anything untrue. There’s alot more banging inside and it takes alot of effort. He’s answering a question from a reporter for godsake! Alot of people need to quit this Lebron hate b.s. because you’re looking pretty stupid right about now.

  • Ldub

    True statement. I dont see any complaint here. If you are “out of position” on either end of the floor…youre gonna feel it. Mentally and physically. Banging in the post is for extremely tiring. Thats the nature of the beast. Its even worse when you play against guys who have been in the post their entire careers and youre known as more of a perimeter player.

    and @JR…know your facts David West is 6’9 240. Bron is 6’8 250! Even with that said…weight is distributed through the body differently. You could weigh 200 and i could weigh 200, yet you could be stronger or more physical to me. Especially if Im trying to guard you at your natural position!!

  • Ses

    As a Bulls Fan and Heat Hater, I can honestly say I understand what LeBum is taking about. He is not naturally a PF and is playing against someone who is AND is a former All Star at the position. If there is one (and maybe only!) thing I can respect about him is his ability to be a versatile player (Except in the 4th quarter!)… Lets find something else to hate on fellow Heat haters! (you kinda look dumb right now!)

  • http://none kbdumas

    Lol Ebay sure lebron nuthugga…. Now that will cost him more mentally. MVP your boy’s number 1 choker w/ Mike Brown causing Mamba to choke as well, haha

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    as i said. big man positions are way more taxing then playing the wing.

  • Mike Mihalow

    What JR said.

  • Fat Lever

    JR, I dont know which David West you’re watching, but there is no way he is 50 lbs lighter. West is a beast in the post, and one of the few guys I’ve seen that didn’t have much of a problem backing down Lebron.

  • http://slamonline dan

    simply the best all round athlete on the planet

  • http://slamonline dan

    a soon as he wins a ring or three everybody will be kissing his ass

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    I don’t think Lebron’s the best all-round athlete on the planet — maybe the best all-round basketball player but not athlete.

  • http://slamonline dan

    who is then?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Depends on your definition of athlete. I don’t think he is the only 6″8 260 lb freak of nature. He might be towards the top of the list in terms of vertical leap but probably not at brute power, 40 yard sprint, endurance, lower body strength etc. NBA strength is not the same as NFL strength and so is NBA conditioning to cross train conditioning.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Cam Newton.

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  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Best athlete, I’m gonna say Craig Alexander. Dude won the Ironman Triathlon the last 3 years at age 36-38 and holds the world record time at a shade over 8 hours. 8 hours to do a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. That’s inhuman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Cam Newton is one pretty freakish athlete too.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Heat for ‘chip, 2012-13!?!? Anyone?