Lebron James is Not Good, Players are Just Scared
Many people are deceived by the savvy play of Lebron James, 3-time MVP and current world champion. But in reality, James is not as good as what everyone thinks; NBA players are just scared of him.
Consider this: name one player who has, when seeing James on the way to the rim, step in front of him, planted his feet, and taken a charge. You can’t. Players are terrified to take a charge from Lebron. Players rather jump and try to block rather than allow James to run into them. This allows him to easily get to basket to make shots or get fouled in the process and shoot free throws. This is why he has averaged over 50% from the field the past 3 seasons and attempts 20 free throws per game for his career; most of his shots are taken 1 foot from the basket.
Also, consider this: Lebron James has a career average of less than 2 personal fouls per game. He has only fouled out of 1 game in his entire career. Not this year, his entire career. Players are so afraid to take a charge that the player never gets in foul trouble and his team wins games because they never have to make tough adjustments to their lineups.
Okay, granted this is a 250 lbs athletic man traveling at full speed down the lane. It is a very tough sacrifice getting in front of him and taking that kind of contact. But come on, no one in the league is willing? No one will take one for the team for the sake of winning?
If people did take charges, or more teams played a consistent style of the zone defense, Lebron would not be as great. He is a not a great outside shooter, and he is only a great passer/facilitator due to his ability to get to the rim and draw a double team. Just think about: what is Lebron without his ability to get to the basket? He is a Corey Maggette or, worse, Joel Anthony.