Hello Smash Fans and welcome to this week’s installment. In this article, I want to talk about one of the stupidest narratives that I have heard around the sports media world over the past couple of days. The narrative that LeBron is not feared.
The argument that a lot of people use to justify this assertion is the fact that something like what happened a few nights ago with Isaiah Stewart would’ve never happened with Kobe or Jordan. However this is not the case. If you look back across both Jordan and Kobe’s careers, there were moments where someone tried to challenge them physically or had tried to show them that they were not afraid. However, sometimes in when you’re scared of someone instead of cowering you overcompensate. You can become over aggressive and try to prove to yourself that you are not afraid.
Also, you can just look at the receipts of LeBron‘s career to show how afraid people are of him. The entire franchise of the Toronto Raptors was so petrified of LeBron for a stretch of years that the team was dubbed LeBronto. The Warriors were so scared of LeBron James they had to recruit the second best player in the league at the time in Kevin Durant just to make sure they could beat LeBron. And Kevin Durant had to team up with the best regular season team of all time just to make sure that he could get over that hump and win the championship because he was that afraid of not being able to top LeBron.
Finally, I just know from experience that when you face a person that is so much more physically dominant than you you get scared. And that is what LeBron is. He he’s a freak of nature like we have never seen in the NBA. He is faster than most guards, stronger than most centers, and is one of if not the smartest player on the planet. How could you not be scared of LeBron.
Now, whether or not LeBron is the GOAT is still up for debate and personally I still believe Jordan is the GOAT. However, to say that LeBron is not feared is a preposterous statement. He may not be as feared as he once was because he’s just not as physically dominant, but that does not mean he still does not strike fear into his opponents.
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