LeBron James apparently remembers everything
LeBron James is bigger than most of his opponents.
He’s faster than most of those opponents.
He’s stronger than most of his opponents.
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That’s enough to make LeBron a successful player, but it doesn’t fully explain his standing as an all-time great.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN details another reason: LeBron’s exceptional memory. As LeBron explains:
Sometimes, these traits get overblown. I’m sure LeBron sees the floor very well, but many NBA players see the floor very well. Can we, as non-elite basketball players, really distinguish between what LeBron does and what others do?Chris Bosh, via Windhorst, provides perspective:
Of course, there are drawbacks to LeBron’s mental approach. Sometimes, he thinks too much as his mind is flooded with memories:
It’s June 2013, and James is riding back to the team hotel after Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, with the Spurs having crushed the Heat by 36 points to take a 2-1 series lead. James was 7-of-21 shooting this night and in the midst of a poor Finals performance. Over the first three games, he was shooting just 38 percent and averaging 16.6 points, stunningly low numbers after what has been inarguably the finest season of his career. On the bus, he turns and confides to a friend.
“I’m thinking too much,” James says, “about 2007.”
I suggest you read Windhorst’s full article if you’re interested in learning more about this underexposed aspect of LeBron’s greatness.