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Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  27 responses

LeBron James Says He’s ‘Nitpicking’ His Game


Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has become so good, that he must work very hard just to find the few flaws in his game. James took apart his postseason performance this past summer. Per the AP: “Considered the best player in the game, James remains obsessed with getting better. That’s why, on the verge of starting his 11th professional season and fourth with the Miami Heat, James fully expects the 2013-14 campaign to be his best one yet. He knows there’s no shortage of challengers aiming to knock both him and his team off their respective mountaintops. ‘I’m nitpicking now, obviously, at my own game,’ James said. ‘I want that. I want to be uncomfortable. I want to continue to push the envelope and get to a point where I feel like I’m trying to master everything. Now, I can’t be the greatest at everything. There’s better rebounders than me. There’s better passers than me. There’s better scorers than me. But I want to be able to maximize my potential in everything I do.’ So that’s why, when he finally got some down time this summer — after the season and before his wedding to Savannah Brinson — James didn’t allow himself to totally step away from the game. Even while on vacation, and with a notepad at his side, James broke down every Heat playoff game, every moment of postseason matchup last season against Milwaukee, Chicago, Indiana and San Antonio. When he saw something that wasn’t just right, he wrote it down to further analyze later. ‘I push myself,’ James said. ‘There are ways I can get better. I would write down the exact time, the exact play, the exact quarter, the plays where I could have did something better.’ At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, a marriage of size and speed that many covet, the reality is that James probably is not going to get much better physically. His shooting has improved. He’s talked plenty in recent months about becoming a better free-throw shooter. His post game has been reinvented. His defense is exceptional. Where James is getting better, those around him say, is in the thinking department. [...] ‘The man above has given me God-given ability and talent, obviously,’ James said. ‘I want to take full advantage of it.’”

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  • JibbsIsBallin

    Scary thought.

  • Anthony

    Impossible….as a married man, if he truly embraces what marriage is and the responsibilities it entails his game will show the effects. Prolly too deep of a convo to have on a basketball mag blog board tho….**Cam Newton Shrug**

  • Dagger

    I’m sure there’s a huge difference in his relationship now that he’s married. I mean, it’s not as though they lived together and raised children together before . . .

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Hmm, I guess everyone can always work on those free throws…

  • shockexchange

    Kang keep mastering “The Rules” – 1A in Slam’s top 50 player ranking – and you’ll be fine.

  • Cortez Mack

    You mean if he embraces what you think marriage is.

  • danpowers

    you mean paying less tax?

  • bike

    I’d like to see him put on 15 pounds of more muscle. That would give him an almost biblical-like beastliness. Then I’d like him to seek out a sports psychologist that would teach him anger, controlled rage if you will. This would no doubt put him over the top.

  • Anthony

    wasted sarcasm…there’s a difference and will be a difference, if there wasn’t a difference of wasn’t going to be a difference…then why even get married in the 1st place….(in retrospect..STUPID and wasted sarcasm)

  • Anthony

    Right….cause his change in allowable deductions will really help him in his tax bracket! (DAGGER…see this is better sarcasm)

  • Anthony

    Nah Tez…don’t put in on me. The theology of marriage is primarily Christian. If Bron is a Christian (let’s face it he prolly is) in the Christian faith a man’s list of priorities goes as such (1)God (2) Wife (3) Children (4) Vocation if applicable or Ministry…It is just what it is.

  • Dagger

    The difference: a sense of security, a ring on your finger.

    Two things that will no doubt cripple Lebron’s attempts to improve as a basketball player.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Nah

  • i_ball

    WOW! Have you seen LeBron? If he adds 15 more pounds those knees will be in trouble with the way he jumps. He doesn’t need to improve anything physically – he is the most physically gifted player ever imo.

  • i_ball

    Judging by the Finals he needs to improve his jump shot confidence.

  • Butternuts

    Scary but true, there’s just too much evidence supporting it.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    supporting what?

  • Anthony

    This attempt at sarcasm is worse than the first. So let me DESTROY it…Who exactly is more secure by LeBron’s marriage?!? (too easy)…and after the ring ceremony at the beginning of this season he would of had TWO rings on his finger w/o marriage, but rings is something a RAPTORs fan knows NOTHING about….(oohhh, gotta admit that was a good one!)

  • Anthony

    Really trying to figure out what Lebron wearing Oregon Ducks gloves have to do with anything…..lil’help

  • bike

    I don’t know what Bron’s religious beliefs are but something tells me he puts family above b-ball. He’s stayed with the same woman since he turned pro and has never displayed any of the tomcat behavior most ballplayers do for much of their careers. I would wager that marriage/settling down has less detrimental effect on a player’s game then spending all night in some strip club. So what’s your point?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    you serious? 15 lbs??? you want him to be Jared Sullinger?

  • Dagger

    Well that was a great response.

  • LakeShow

    yesss! haha

  • zues

    After 10 seasons of wear and tear on his knees, joints, and ligaments, you honestly believe more weight will help him? Gee, somehow I can’t see the wisdom there.

  • Lloyd

    Just a casual observer swinging through. Had to stop and say, that was great use of sarcasm by Dagger over there. Try harder please.

  • Cherry dumas

    Wow. SLAM is really trying to make him look like a jerk, eh?

  • RKJ92

    Don’t say sh*t about my team. We dont talk about yours.

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