Kobe Bryant used to be a guy who could use great athleticism to blow by guys and throw down huge dunks. He has lost some of that athleticism, but he has adjusted his game, and found a way to be successful (when he isn’t injured).
LeBron James is currently where Bryant once was, and he is using his athletiscm to be the greatest player in the NBA. James has now been in the league for a decade, so he will have to start adjusting his game soon. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA, he will borrow some of Bryant’s moves when he gets to golden years of his career:
Asked if he would be watching how Bryant aged and adapted to physical challenges, the way Bryant has admitted to doing with Michael Jordan, James nodded and said:
“We’re different players. Kobe and Mike got some of the same similarities. The way they shoot the ball, the way they handle the ball, the way they post up and things of that nature. They have a lot of similarities. I’m more of a power player.
“But you can take things from greatness and those are two of the greatest ever, so we’ll see.”
So much of Bryant’s game (when healthy) is predicated around using crafty footwork to get off a shot, and Bryant is always hovering in the low post or mid-range area. LeBron James handles the ball a lot, so he may have to take a different approach. Nevertheless, all great players borrow moves from past greats, and I think it’s a smart move by James. LeBron will soon have to change his game, but let’s all enjoy his high-flying dunks while they’re still around.