Skip: ‘The best point guard in basketball is LeBron James’
Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discuss LeBron James as a prolific, viable point guard option for the Cleveland Cavaliers because Skip says The King has substantial Magic Johnson-esque distribution ability.
- I learned, what I've said for 15 years on national television, since LeBron first started in this league. I said that the best point guard in basketball is LeBron James. Magic-like is LeBron James. That nobody currently breathing, dribbling a basketball can dominate a game from the point guard position, the way LeBron can, when he's in the mode he was in last night which is flat out attack mode.
- Any position.
- He is a scoring point guard. He is the essence of the freight train point guard who can dish it or get it to the rack unstoppably.
- Or shoot the threes.
- He made threes. And you know and I know what's going to happen to that.
- I know what's going to happen. He's going to shoot career high from there, too. You want to do on that?
- No. I just want the free throw line.
- So I have said this many times before on the old show. The best three games I ever saw LeBron James play, the essence of LeBron James, were games 1, 2 and 3 against Golden State, the first time around in the 2015 finals, when the Warriors weren't quite yet the Warriors.
They weren't sure who they were. Remember that series? And Kevin Love, not available, going into game 1. Kyrie, just horrific injury in overtime, gone. And what happened in game 2? Game 3, remember this?
Game 2, LeBron plays 50 minutes, goes to overtime. They prevailed in overtime 95-93 because LeBron scored 39 points. He shot 11 for 35. Not a great shooting night, but still, he took 35 shots, he had 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Big time numbers and got them to overtime at Oracle and they won it. And they went home 1 all.
What happened in game 3? 46 minutes, LeBron played, scored 40 points, 14 of 34, so he took 34 shots. I loved it. Because this is the only way they're going to do this. And that night, he had 12 rebounds and 8 assists. He had low turnovers in all three games. It was-- you want to talk about a tour de Force? That was it. 96-91 Cavaliers.
Game 4 is back in Lebron's house and he came up small, and I still don't get it. That's the most mystifying game of LeBron's career. They had them on the ropes. They had them on the run, but to Steve Kerr's credit, he made a switch in the starting lineup.