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jlemmen43
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This is pulled from an article about what Rick Barry had to say about LeBron James. It is very very interesting:

"First of all he has a major flaw in his shot that needs to be corrected," Rick Barry said, referring to LeBron James. "He has no idea how to use a screen effectively. The guy has been in the league four years. There's no way - I mean, what are they teaching him? How could you have a player of his stature have a major flaw in his shot without someone working on it? How can a player of his stature and his ability not understand how to set his man up and use and read a screen properly? These are basic fundamentals of the game." What precisely is it about James' jumper that's flawed? "He has bad form," Rick Barry said. "He had that (Game 5 against Detroit) because he happened to get hot. LeBron is a streak shooter. He can never be a great, consistent shooter because he has a major flaw in his shot that doesn't allow him to repeat the motion of shooting the basketball properly every time. It is so obvious. It is astonishing that someone hasn't corrected it." Mike Brown has been the head coach of the Cavaliers since June 2005. "It's probably the most irritating part of the game of basketball on the professional level, for me, is I see this amazing talent out there," Rick Barry said. "There are so many players who have so much more ability than I ever had in my career, yet they don't maximize all that ability because they have been short-changed by coaches who have not taught them fundamental principles and a concept of what this game is all about. "As great as LeBron James is . . . (and Vince Carter) . . . these guys have achieved incredible success, but they haven't come close to fulfilling their potential because they don't understand the little nuances of the game," Barry said. "So we are shortchanging these guys as coaches and as people involved in the professional ranks by not teaching them these things."

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That's a little hard to believe that Lebron "has no idea" how to use a screen well- let's take a good look at how he uses screens in tonight's game and see. Whoops- looks like the game has already started!

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Lebron makes power moves to the hoop in the open court look like thunder. But he is a big guy, and he doesn't make quick moves around screens, and throught the lane splitting the defense like a guard would. The biggest mistake I think the Cleveland coach made, was not going to a zone after the first game. It was obvious they couldn't stop their inside game, and couldn't guys driving the lane without fouling and sending shooters to the line. I would have packed it in and made them beat the Cavs from the outside. They still might have beaten them while in the zone, but they sure were going to do it staying in the man to man. The coach never made the adjustment, the in the end it was a sweep. In the zone, they might have at least won a couple of games.

SteelLAC2010
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Cavs need more players with LeBron because he can't do it by himself he needs some more help. They're missing some pieces.

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Yeah that's true, they got a semi-decent big man in Ilgauskas, but Eric Snow, Donyell Marshall and Drew Gooden arent role players, and shouldnt be in the starting lineup. Also Larry Hughes is way overrated. Cleveland should take a serious look at a solid PG and then maybe look at locking up Rashard Lewis.

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