And I would keep him away from Miami because Pat Riley is not a very liked coach, he places more emphasis on what a player can't do rather than what they can do, and quite honestly they have sorry fans for all their sports in Miami.
My only gripe with LEBRON is that from the dunks i have seen etc. HE is not really that athletic. NOt sure if he can do well in the pros..hope he does though.
Take over the league with a shoot-first mentality on a crappy team. Realises he isn't going to win championships that way after awhile, so changes his game. Basically I see him on the same par as Jerry Stackhouse.
Get off the wagon............he's not going to be a household name
He is not the most athletic, but he is a much better passer, rebounder, and shooter then those guys were. He has good size and pretty good athletic abilty even if it isn't top notch. He might not be a highlight reel, but neither are Paul Pierce or Tim Duncan
Who are the 10 best players in the pros? Well I compiled a list of the best players in my opinion. I went by the facts.
The top 10 players today are...
1) Shaquille O'Neal - The man is twice the size of any other center and is getting better at his free throws.
2) Kevin Garnett - The most versitile player in the game, he can play any position on the floor and be effective. He's a guard trapped in a centers body at 7-1. Only player who averaged 20pts./10rebs./5asst. He can even shoot the trey. 3) Tim Duncan - He had a great rookie season, but he hasn't inproved much since. He has a great jumper and nice moves in the paint. He will be the best center some day. 4) Gary Payton - Gary is the best PG in the league. He does everything. He scores, he rebounds, he steals and he passes the ball like no other. He's still better than Kidd.
5) Chris Webber - The second most versitile forward in the league. He can pass very well out of the post and can shoot a 20ft jumper consistantly. Another 20pts./10rebs. and about 4 assists.
6) Grant Hill - Maybe the most underrated player out there behind Shareef. He is versitile by playing both guard spots and small forward. He gives you points and some rebounds and assists. NBA nice guy.
7) Jason Kidd - He isn't a great scorer, but he can rebound like a forward and center and he can pass. He has a great instinct for the game and has been and will be one of the best in the league for a long time.
8) Karl Malone - Malone is back in the top 10 for another year. He is howing some signs of age but not a lot. He can still play. Don't count on a title Karl.
9) Alonzo Mourning - Mourning is a solid player who can score and rebound and he can really block shots. He is a great undersized center and a great defensive player.
10) Shareef Abdur-Rahim - The most underrated player in the NBA and he score over 20 points a game and grabbed over 10 rebounds a game. He also dished out about 3 assists a game. I know a lot of starting guards (Allen Iverson) who don't pass the ball 3 times a game.
Honorable Mention - Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Eddie Jones and Allan Houston.
OT: Did anyone of you "oldtimers" follow the onhoops.com site in the mid to late nineties? Great site. I read it as an more true alternative to nba.com. Here in Norway (!) NBA coverage is and was so poor. During the 90ies it was better than now actually, I`m sure it was because of the Dream team/Bulls effect.
Some funny/prescient thread titles from 2003:
- "Luol Deng just as good as LeBron James?"
- "Yao Ming will definitely injure himself at this rate"
- "Heres how BIASED and DUMB some of you posters are"
- "Jason Terry and LaBron seem to hate each other"
- "Doug Christie to write a book on Love"
- "Greg Ostertag v. Eric Montross"
- "Anyone watching the Euro championships"
- "Kobe couldnt have assaulted that broad"
- "Is the NCAA ready for James White?"
- "This years draft is going to be weak" (talking about 2003, choice cut: "it doesn't look too good for the draft, other than Lebron and maybe Carmelo Anthony i can't think of anyone else that may be all that great. i don't know too much about the other kid supposedly coming out of high school, Kedrick Perkin, but he is supposed to be pretty good", and "2006 draft will ROCK")
- "JJ Redick, Duke freshman, can 360 dunk"
- In a Rank the 2002 draftees thread: "1. Nickoloz Tskitishvili -- going out on a limb here. Just like MJ in '84 (c'mon, Hakeem was like Tim Duncan was when he was drafted), Kobe in '96 and Diggler in '98, I think the best player will end up being a surprise. I just keep coming back to this cat."
- "I now know why the Knicks suck". Inside: "I didn't want to admit it but the Knicks management don't know jack @#%$ about basketball." That about sums it up.