Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am  |  37 responses

LeBron James to Play the Role of Point Forward

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The NBA’s worst-kept secret is that, from now on, LeBron James wants to play closer and closer to the basket. In fact, James plans to make the paint his permanent residence.

On media day, LeBron let the press corps in on how the Miami Heat will use his wide range of skills this season. Head coach Erik Spoelstra wants the reigning MVP to morph into some kind of Magic Johnson/Scottie Pippen hybrid.

From ESPN:

After witnessing the success James had at playing as the point guard on offense and power forward on defense at key moments in their playoff run, the Heat essentially have doubled down on the idea. The result could have James playing a point guard/power forward hybrid position this season, something the NBA has not really seen before on a regular basis. […] “I think it’s pretty cool,” James said. “I’ve always looked at Scottie Pippen and of course Magic [Johnson]. Magic was a 6-9 point guard who could also play different positions. Pip played point forward in the triangle offense. Grant Hill, when he was in his prime in Detroit, was also kind of that point forward guy.”

There have indeed been numerous point forwards — i.e., small forwards who ran the offense — with Pippen often recognized as the player who defined the role. James has played a version of the position for most of his career. He’s led his team in assists all nine season he’s been in the league. But as far as being a full-time point power forward? That’s a new one. […] “[Spolestra] has so many different lineup changes and different mindsets of how we should play and why it will be successful,” James said. “If it is for the good of our team I don’t have a problem with that at all. It’s a matchup problem for a lot of teams with me at the power forward.”

Due to LeBron James’ limitless ability, the Miami Heat’s coaching staff can continue to experiment with their ideas of “position-less” basketball. They will rely on defense, speed, and outside shooting.

But above all, the Heat will count on LeBron James to dominate the post.

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  • Redd

    Seems logical to do, good move.

  • 23

    I always knew Lebron was the best passer on his teams. But to think that a 6’8″ 250lbs player lead his team in assists his first 9 seasons? Just hearing it sounds incredible. Were not even talking pts, rbds or defense. Amazing.

  • #1hater

    im just going to throw it in here…mario chalmers is shit…almost as bad as lin

  • Boss32

    Acute observation slam. it only took 8 or 9 seasons to figure this out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    BREAKING: During the winter, it is the coldest, and during the Summer it is the warmest. Even if it takes you 9 years to admit it.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    You don’t say!

  • Max


  • slam-man

    moving away from the 3 will create problems.

  • slam-man

    If he moves away from that spot, failure could ensue. Instead go to the post as a 3.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it will create problems for other teams. what position you label him as doesn’t change his body size or anything else. Other teams will still have to match up accordingly (with their small forward). People get too caught up in what “position” a player plays, when really, that’s irrelevant. If he handles the ball and passes better than anyone else, that’s what he should do when he’s on the court. If he posts up and scores better, that’s what he should do when he’s on the court. If he does both better? He should do both.

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    “positionless” basketball isn’t anything new. Most euro teams play 3 guards and 2 forwards and share the ball a lot, usually ending with an open corner three. Like the Heat but without all the cherry picking and hail mary passes.

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    absolutely agree. positions are overrated.

  • danpowers


  • bike

    “Position-less” basketball is just like “Position-less” sex. Concentrate on what you are good at especially if you are blessed with unlimited ability.

  • spit hot fiyah

    lol, i agree, u must be from iceland. what happened to jon arnor stefansson ?

  • Junior Taylor

    He’s been doing that ever since his rook season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • roscoe

    But… but… but…. but… I thought Chalmers is a top 10 guard? What’s going on here?!

  • roscoe

    But… but… but…. but… I thought Chalmers is a top 10 guard? What’s going on here?!

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Some of the stuff SLAM posts on here really makes me say no sh** lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    old news

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    dudes is seriously one of a kind

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    I am indeed. Jón Arnór Stefánsson is playing in the Spanish ACB, putting up about 10 ppg for Zaragoza. Shame he didn’t catch a break on the Mavs, props to you for remembering him (the best nordic guard ever)

  • The Seed

    Win one ring, people act like he is invincible. LOL

  • C Da Tyrant

    bike FTW

  • Hursty

    Additionally, if LeBron plays the 3 on the block, Rashard Lewis will most likely play the 4 who hovers around the 3pt line. Good luck guarding that if ‘Shard is still a solid NBA player.

  • Slick Ric

    I always compare Lebron to these three guys…still think he’s still more of a Vastly more gifted Grant/ pippen than Magic though

  • The Philosopher


  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    i totally agreed with you. but lebron’s performance last season really shut me up. lol. it’ll be a problem for others if lebron still has room to improve.

  • danpowers

    and here we go again

    76ers To Sit Andrew Bynum For Three Weeks With Knee Issue

    Oct 01, 2012
    Read more: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/223751/76ers_To_Sit_Andrew_Bynum_For_Three_Weeks_With_Knee_Issue#ixzz287IAl1XA

  • PaulieS23

    Soooo….nothing has changed?

  • Datkid

    wooooo and then you got Bosh at the 5. a starting lineup of chalmers/allen wade, lebron, lewis and bosh, what beautiful spacing..people would literally have to let Wade and Lebron waltz into the lane. The heat can put 4 people who shoot above 40% from 3 on the floor at all times… not even the lakers can guard that.

  • black pinoy

    thats crazy funny

  • black pinoy

    just coz he only has one ring doesnt make less of a player at the present moment. im more of a kobe fan but lebron is just a beast. i hate to see him go against any team i like

  • mib

    all the way from the marshall island. everybody think kobe is still the best in nba..

  • OneStep

    So after 9 years of blowing smoke, this is the final affirmation of the fact that Lebron No-J is giving up on the pipe-dream of ever being a good outside shooter. Stick to what you’re good/great at seems like a reasonable plan.

  • ashtaroth2040

    try playing one on one with him “spunk”.