George Karl to Jim Rome: LeBron's clutch problem is his jumpshot

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 6 years ago '05        #1
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George Karl to Jim Rome: LeBron's clutch problem is his jumpshot
 

 

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George Karl has been around a while. Drafted in '73, played in the ABA with the Spurs, a coach for 24 years, Karl is a legend in the business. He understands the game as well as anyone, has seen his fair share of buzzer-beaters and ice cold performances. And he has an opinion on what gives LeBron James the yips at the end of the game.

Karl was on with Jim Rome on "The Jim Rome Show" Monday and talked about the issue with LeBron at the end of games. Instead of talking about his mental makeup or having the will to win or some other nonsense, Karl actually had a pretty valid opinion. James doesn't trust his jumper.

From Karl:

And he is not a natural jump-shooter. He's kind of a self-made jump shooter. He makes the ball go in, the ball goes in, but it's not pretty, his balance isn't perfect. It's not going to look like Kevin Durant or Ray Allen. It goes in but at the end of the game that extra extra special player... Sometimes I don't know if he trusts his jumpshot. He needs to get to the rim. If you take away the rim, he's probably going to pass the ball more often than not.


It's been a trend with James that he simultaneously badly wants to emulate Michael Jordan, who made the jumpshot his lasting legacy, and yet is far better suited to using his brute strength and athleticism to wreak havoc inside. We saw it with the missed fadeaway vs. Rajon Rondo in Game 3, and we saw it again in the pass to Udonis Haslem (though that was just the right play). James is a hyper-cerebral player even as he's likely the least self-aware superstar in the league in terms of his image. His ability to hit the jumper and the streakiness is there in the back of his mind.

Indeed one thing that is a constant with James is a sense of hesitation in these moments as he tries to solve the defense as if it's a chess board. But those moments call for instinctual, sometimes nearly reckless play, and that goes against his very design.

The reality is that, as Karl notes, he may simply be able to live up to the ideal of what he's supposed to be. He was born an athletic freak of nature. But he was not born to do what everyone wants from him, to shoot jumpshots.

"Rome" with Jim Rome airs weekenights at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.



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 6 years ago '05        #2
carden2 15 heat pts15
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i still don't think that pass to haslem was the right play he should've went for the shot. he makes more lucky off balance shots then haslem not to mention he could've got the foul plus your the star you take the shot regardless
 6 years ago '04        #3
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I agree he doesnt look comfortable shooting a jumper at all, hes always falling away from his shot with no follow-through whatsoever. The only time his J looks good is when he has those wide open shots with noone around
 6 years ago '05        #4
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people always said that n*gga jumper was suspect since his days as a cav
 6 years ago '07        #5
JamcnPrettyboy 96 heat pts96
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He's not saying anything that no one else has already said. Lebron isn't a good shooter. He's average. He can go on streaks once in a while but overall he's basic. His shot mechanics are bad and he over thinks when he shoots. n*gga will dribble the ball for like 5 seconds then jack up the shot. He doesn't know how to make quick decisions. Not very versatile either. If he can't bulldoze his way to the basket, then he's useless. He doesn't even have a go-to-move. We saw this in the finals last year. Force him into half court situations and he'll freeze.


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 6 years ago '11        #6
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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He needs to get to the rim. If you take away the rim, he's probably going to pass the ball more often than not.
Bron Bron's career in nutshell. Lets see what his c*m guzzlers gotta say about what a coach is saying that the nation has been saying for ever.



Melo, Durant, Kobe.etc would of went left with one dribble (While KG is coming) and pulled up for a J to give themselves A CHANCE TO WIN. Since that is a weak part of his game. He went straight into the heart of the defense. No play for the rim, so he made that pass.





























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 6 years ago '06        #7
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this probably true, he also has no specific go to move that he can turn to in late game situations.
 6 years ago '11        #8
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 Aleandroid said:
this probably true, he also has no specific go to move that he can turn to in late game situations.
agreed...no signature move...
 6 years ago '04        #9
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He is a athletic freak why wouldn't he drive to the rim? His jumpshot did improve though but its definitely not on MJ level this is no secret.

Bron will find a way to score and grab points, what makes him great is his court vision, he can play and defend all 5 positions, he is a passing machine.
 6 years ago '11        #10
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I remember ppl on BX saying this last week. LeBron is a better athlete than he is a basketball player.



*waits for LeBron stans to transform*









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 06-05-2012, 12:12 PM         #11
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if he had a jumpshot, it wouldn't be fair. the ppl that made him in that german laboratory balanced him out
 6 years ago '12        #12
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this is been known.. hes not a natural shooter.. hes more of a push the ball and attack the rim type of guy.. this is why whenever he shoots u naturally think its goin to brick
 6 years ago '04        #13
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 Loso Luciano24 said:
Bron Bron's career in nutshell. Lets see what his c*m guzzlers gotta say about what a coach is saying that the nation has been saying for ever.



Melo, Durant, Kobe.etc would of went left with one dribble (While KG is coming) and pulled up for a J to give themselves A CHANCE TO WIN. Since that is a weak part of his game. He went straight into the heart of the defense. No play for the rim, so he made that pass.

Kobe has one of the worst choices of shots in closing games, that man will chuck away with 3 defenders on him and lose the game.

But let me guess hey at least he took the shot right?



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 6 years ago '05        #14
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 Budala said:

Kobe has one of the worst choices of shots in closing games, that man will chuck away with 3 defenders on him and lose the game.

But let me guess hey at least he took the shot right?



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you know the drill
 6 years ago '07        #15
JamcnPrettyboy 96 heat pts96
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 Budala said:
He is a athletic freak why wouldn't he drive to the rim? His jumpshot did improve though but its definitely not on MJ level this is no secret.

Bron will find a way to score and grab points, what makes him great is his court vision, he can play and defend all 5 positions, he is a passing machine.
And that's why he's a brollic scottie pippen.
 6 years ago '11        #16
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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 Budala said:
He is a athletic freak why wouldn't he drive to the rim? His jumpshot did improve though but its definitely not on MJ level this is no secret.

Bron will find a way to score and grab points, what makes him great is his court vision, he can play and defend all 5 positions, he is a passing machine.
Everything you just said is irrelevant to the topic at hand! Pull out some stats while your at it.


 6 years ago '04        #17
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 JamcnPrettyboy said:
He's not saying anything that no one else has already said. Lebron isn't a good shooter. He's average. He can go on streaks once in a while but overall he's basic. His shot mechanics are bad and he over thinks when he shoots. n*gga will dribble the ball for like 5 seconds then jack up the shot. He doesn't know how to make quick decisions. Not very versatile either. If he can't bulldoze his way to the basket, then he's useless. We saw this in the finals last year. Force him into half court situations and he'll freeze.
Well his jump shot being bad is mostly because of his size and the way he is built... with his strength it is difficult for him to really put touch on the ball with his jump shot... So it is pretty much a push shot with little rotation... This is why Karl Malone struggled so many years with his jump shot before finally figuring out how to make that mid range jumper consistently late in his career when he couldn't jump as high...

Throughout history you would be hard pressed to find big strong type players who had a good jump shot... Like Ben Wallace, Massenburg, Darvin Ham, Shaq, Dwight Howard, Kevin Willis etc...This is why most big men who are good shooters are tall and skinny... As Bron gets older and his elevation declines it will help him on his jump shot because with less elevation his strength wont play that much of a factor and his jump shot will flow alot smoother...
 6 years ago '05        #18
Hold That 103 heat pts103
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Bulls fans know first hand his jump shot is wet. Its all mental and that's it. Lebron has one of the best mid range games in the league stats and percentages don't lie.


One thing I noticed his first step is not as quick as it was in his Cleveland days. One reason why we put Noah on him inthat one game and he couldn't blow past him like Cavs Bron would have. Another reason why he's forced to take low percentage off bbalanced shots and another reason why he works in the post a lot more than in the past.


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 06-05-2012, 01:33 PM         #19
SOCIALITE 
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Exactly what I be saying. In those situations of milking the clock and getting the last shot, almost every time it will end up being a mid to long range jumper. And LeBron isn't great at that, plus he doesn't trust himself with that shot. It's not that he's not clutch or that he doesn't want to win it's that he can't really shoot....though I think he's a pretty good spot up 3 point shooter, he doesn't miss many of those.

EDIT: If you really pay attention to LeBron he never ever takes a shot he's not comfortable with. He waits for the perfect shot to present itself and only take jumpers when he feels like he's hot. Which is the "right basketball play" but sometimes hurt the Heat because sometimes you need your best player to just make something out of nothing.


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 06-05-2012, 01:37 PM         #20
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 Budala said:
He is a athletic freak why wouldn't he drive to the rim? His jumpshot did improve though but its definitely not on MJ level this is no secret.

Bron will find a way to score and grab points, what makes him great is his court vision, he can play and defend all 5 positions, he is a passing machine.
i'm the biggest Kobe fan and i can't disagree with you, which is why i question his I.Q. at times, i admire that he have the courage to get the shot off, i just think he needs to tweak his decision making
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