were going to outmuscle him?
James is quicker than most guards and
stronger than just about every big man. He can play or defend all five
positions, and even the 6-6 Jordan couldn’t match all James’ physical
“I don’t think his physical advantages were as great as LeBron is,” Barkley said.
even draws a comparison between James and Wilt Chamberlain, another
player who athletically just blew away the competition. Nobody will ever
put up the kind of stats the 7-1 Chamberlain did — he averaged 50.4
points and 25.7 rebounds one season — but Barkley sees a similarity.
never seen Wilt play in person, but he was somebody who was just so
physically better than everybody else,” Barkley said. “Wilt probably
never got his credit because the Celtics had
much better teams, but like, the guy averaged 50 points and 30 rebounds
in a year. You’re like ... that’s crazy. LeBron is so much physically
bigger and better than everyone else, like, Wilt’s the only other person
you would think is in that conversation.”
Kevin Durant might win a
fourth straight scoring title, but after the Heat have beaten Oklahoma
City six straight times dating to the NBA Finals and have a better
record, it would be awfully difficult to pick him over James as the
league’s MVP. Parker’s team has had the best record for a while even
while having to play so often without either Tim Duncan or Manu
Ginobili, but in typical Spurs fashion, he insists he’s more interested
in team success than individual recognition. Chris Paul, who has turned
the Clippers from longtime laughingstock into a legitimate contender,
seems more of a James cheerleader than MVP threat.
“What Bron is
doing right now is unbelievable, I mean unbelievable,” Paul said. “The
way he’s playing, the confidence that he’s playing with, and the biggest