čas přidán 4. 06. 2023
Our guest this week is NBA veteran for The Boston Celtics, Al Horford. We get into so much with Al and we can't wait to share this episode with you. In this teaser, Al talks about the difficulty of beating LeBron James in the playoffs and he describes his personal experience with it against The Cleveland Cavaliers.
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You guys are going to love this one. Al has had a fascinating career and we cover all of it. Full ep drops tomorrow so subscribe if you haven't already. Thanks, everyone!
You got me again with your title jj all videos u got that has lebron il click right away 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 love lebron topics so entertaining no wonder media loves bron bron to be their topics cuz viewer like me love to see and hear it #confession 😂😂😂🙌🙌🙌🙌
why no one mentions EPO? U cant talk about Lebron being unfazed and not mention EPO,lol... No honesty...
Next up Rodney Hood: got swept by Golden State three consecutive years 😢
Lebron James the Buffalo Bills of Basketball. One of the best Division Winners of all time 🍾🙌🏽
JJ heard Chalmers say nobody feared LeBron but they did fear MJ so he puts up this clip. And on top of that this is the best story about LeBron that people can come up with. Man you're so sensitive when it comes to your generation and LeBron. Is your manhood or reputation in danger or something? You're just proving all these people right who say this generation is soft.
For every sports broadcaster saying "No one fears Lebron", there's a story like Al Horford's.
Funny the people who say "No one fears Lebron" either never played Lebron, or Lebron beat the brakes off them.
@Tommy Gunn yea gil and chalmers tweakin with that take
The entire east was scared of Lebron for 8 years
@Tommy Gunn Gil looked terrified at the free throw line 😂😂 and like Nick Young said "you was never the same after that"😂
@Tommy Gunn everyone who said no one fears Lebron is faking it 😂 they’re bums who’s opinion hold nuin
2018 LeBron was one of the best I've ever seen.... an absolute beast
Offensively I agree, dude was unguardable
Only thing that stopped him from making that Finals series an actual competition that year is he punched a locker and broke his hand after game 1. Dude was like a freaking machine that playoff run. Made me believe he was the goat after that year.
2018 Bron was the best player I’ve ever seen. Pure dominance in every aspect. LeFadeaway on that Raptors series😂
@FJO 9 I always go back and watch the fadeaway compilation from that series, unreal
Same thing happened in the 2020 finals. Butler's legs were straight up gone by game 5 and 6. LeBron showed no signs of slowing down at all. Absolute freak.
He had didnt have to carry the lakers in that series
It’s called EPO lol.
@QUAWN yep erythropoietin and blood doping go crazy
@dani dishu think lebron longevity is due to his access to technology or just freakish athleticism, or both
@Logan Hutchins Both
The comeback to Cleveland was the best Lebron. The things he was doing without his best two teammates out some of the times was crazy
Frankly, it was unreal. Lebron gave truly insane sports performances.
@Winford MI agree with your agreement with him
I agree with the agreement of the agreement.
Which best two teammates? 😂 Lebron ALWAYS begs for everybody to come help him win. He makes all these phone calls to try to win a championship. All his chips are chipped imo. I don't knock NBA players teaming up, I knock all the whining & begging from one of the greatest to ever pick up a basketball. There's only one Keith Sweat, respectfully!
Al Horford is super underrated. 36 years old, and on the verge of 15,000 career points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists.
great player and really continued to develop his game late into his career. Lots of respect for him.
i think after last years playoff run ppl know what’s good. he was pretty damn close to outplaying giannis 1-2 games in the bucks series
@YSM Mac He definitely steps up in the playoffs.
@Jackson Parker if there’s anyone on that team that “deserves” a ring, it’s def him
@Yukon I love aging players who decide to adapt their game rather than let their current game go stagnant and old
Al seems like a really chill guy
Thumbs up 👍
When LeBron's documentary comes out after retirement, people will finally realize why he's the greatest of all time. 💯
Make a 100 documentaries, numbers don't lie 😎
@Georgi Hristov yes they do. Numbers without context definitely lie. Like Robert Horry with all rings isn’t even a top 200 player.
sure, if Championships don't count, if forming super teams is fine, then i guess KD also top 4 then and would deserve a documentary
@Sixmore mvps more scoring titles more dpoys more rings more all nba less hof teammates
@Georgi Hristov lebron James has all the numbers😂😂🤷♂️
2018 was just the most complete version of Lebron. His outside shots, mid range and 3 was just on point. Driving to the basket. Passing, rebounds... I mean everything a team needs, he gave it. Just so sad that GSW was just so weak that they had to get Durant to win against him.
Exactly 💯💯💯 golden state had to do a superhero team up in order to go up against LeBron James and he still put up unbelievable numbers.
Some players even admitted on GSW that they weren't beating those Cav Squads with Kyrie and Lebron. Such a shame KD went and ruined the league for 4 seaons.
In terms of skillset yes, but I would say his best overall was his peak in Miami. The crazy thing about his time in Miami is that DWade actually _hurt_ his overall impact numbers a bit because they played similarly, and LeBron was more efficient when he was the sole offensive creator. He was also a much better defender in Miami.
@Tiger Yum Yums yeah Andre igoudala and Draymond green have both said that, more people need to give LeBron James his flowers while he's still playing.
Don't worry. You'll hear the stories once he retires. It's always hard to talk about one of your peers in this light while he's still playing because you don't wanna look like a fangirl when he's your competitor, but trust me when James leaves you'll start hearing them.
+99999 on this!
I am already a fan girl lol
Completely agree. Love the stories that have come out when AI and Kobe retired 🥲
his second tour in Cleveland was otherworldy. just absolutely fascinating how good he was
His 2018 version deserved a better roaster. Had he had a great team like Houston was that year with lebron , he would have had 5 rings by now.
2012 and 2013 is Peak Lebron. He bulked up, became a tank and still had 90% of the vertical and speed he had in his first Cleveland stint. Plus that version of Lebron played within a system and fits on any team. Over these 2 years, he was: - The best all around offensive player/most efficient high volume scorer in the NBA (27 PPG 7 APG on 64.5% TS) - Great mid range shooter - 80% finisher at the rim - Best transition player ever - 42.7% on Catch and Shoot 3s (38.5% from 3 overall) - Guarding 1-5 at a high level - Best help defender in the NBA
It’s called drugs brother, steroids can make you become a monster athlete
@Dawit Belay 😂
When it mattered most...Most game-winners of All-Time: #1) Kobe = 26 #2) Jordan = 25 #3) LeBron = 19 #3) Dirk = 19 #5) Bird = 18 ...several others #17) Curry = 8
I truly can’t wait for a Lebron documentary. I need all the stories and all the insight. I wanna be able to see Bron through the eyes of his peers/competitors the way we got to with Jordan w the Last Dance (which was eye opening for me as a 19 year old at the time) I’m greatful for mediums like this podcast that allows me to get a glimpse into it like this. Thanks JJ.
Me too Brah!
There’s a movie about him coming out soon not documentary though
@alex marques Ye, I think it’s just another SVSM reenaction.
Its not a documentary on his career but there's a great Bill Simmons podcast with Jared Dudley that has great insights into their bubble win. Road Trippin has a two part podcast about that period too. I learned a lot. Documentaries on this sort of stuff bend the truth or leave out details to create a certain story.
Ehhh we are watching it play out I doubt it would be that exciting
Lebrons game 7 against Boston is probably the most underrated performance in the history of this league. That And 1 goal tend where the defender intentionally jumped on Lebrons back and he carried him through the whole thing was the most superhuman play I’ve ever seen in my life.
Underrated is the most overrated word on CS-tv.
Big Al is the man. ... Very much grateful that the Celtics went & got him back on the squad. Such a great player & leader. ... Wish him all the best for the rest of his basketball career, & throughout his life
He should've never left. 2 years wasted in OKC.
@Q he got payed tho🤑you can’t blame him for leaving.
Horford is a huge part of Bostons success. Honestly it was like a totally different team when he was gone
@m_w501 in fairness he thought he'd be playing those years competing for a title with Embiid. He couldn't predict Ben Simmons.
@Civil War was an inside job i know ben simmons is sht but it is more of an embiid fit than a ben simmons fit. Their defense just doesnt mesh, al is too slow to be a 4
Brons play during that 2nd run in Cleveland in the finals where he was avg like 30+ 15 and 12 for the finals like 3 yrs in a row was crazy af
KD ruined what would've been a great rivalry between Steph and Bron.
And people still disrespect his game
And people still be like "6 finals losses." Like yea he got 6 finals losses but most of those losses he played good enough to win
@Sportstalkonly yep without KD ruining the rivalry and Wade knees not messing up Lebron would have about 7 rings now. Only series he was trash in was 2011
@Joe Chucks Even for the most fierce Lebron hater (I used to be in this camp and gloried in his downfall of that 2011 Finals) this is the most realistic take.
A podcast with Giannis would be funny af😂
@JJ Redick get him on the show but I speak for everyone when I say we want kawhi!
@Anime Client no you don’t
no it wouldn't, he is corny af.
@RealParadox85 nah i enjoy him a lot more than guys acting tough
JJ's transition from player to analyst and podcaster is just amazing to watch, kudos on the success my friend.
He is a natural
“Nobody feared Lebron” is the cutest quote I’ve ever heard. Such a bad take.
Man faxts ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
I know right, isn’t that stupid?
maybe in the east..
@bigcockedman714 Greatest Regular season team believes they needed the 3rd best player in league to win more championships. If they they confident to run it back like the 2013 Spurs, they would’ve. That sounds scary to me 😴
@Christopher D. I’d say Kevin was second best behind LeBron.
I don't understand why more people don't acknowledge 2016 as the highest peak of all time. He literally beat the most winning team in NBA history (73-9 Warriors) while leading BOTH TEAMS in Scoring, rebounding, assist, steals and blocks. No player in NBA history has ever done that in the Finals. GOAT.
He also won 2 games in the 2015 finals vs that same warriors team with Mathew delladova as their second best player
As a viewer, if I had to pinpoint one year, I thought 2018 Lebron was peak Lebron individually. Not peak athletically, as I think the period horf references would be his athletic peak, but peak as a basketball player. That 2018 year with the team he had to drag them to the finals + that game 1 against the warriors. That was the best Lebron I had ever seen.
If his defense was like what it was Miami I’d agree
That Cavs team was not that bad and he didn’t “drag” them. Kyle Korver is one of the all time great shooters, they had Kevin Love, they had Wade, Isaiah Thomas, and Derrick Rose at one point, got back Rodney Hood and George Hill too, JR Smith was PRAISED in 2015 for his shot making in the absence of Kyrie and Kevin, etc. They still had Tristan Thompson playing at a very high level. Bron said “we got a squad now” and they were definitely the best team in the East since Kyrie was injured and Giannis hadn’t arrived in the league yet. They traded away a superstar and we’re heavily compensated, that team wasn’t bad. A bad team that made the finals is the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers. Do some research, that 2018 LeBron was getting all the favorable calls in those series and barely beat the Pacers and Baby Celtics in 7 games. That’s the best you’ve seen? A guy losing 3 games to significantly less talented teams in each round?
@conch . its been 4 years since that season how many of his teammates are still getting minutes in the league let alone starting? Go look at the shooting splits and stats of his teammates… his best teammate on the playoff run was jae crowder and jeff green lol spoken like a true bron hater
@conch . in 2018 they got a completely flipped roster mid season
2018 Lebron was the most dominant player I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. He was a created character that year.
He looked like a man playing against college kids which is crazy. Complete control of the game.
For we all know he's cloned duh!!! NBA is RIGGED.
2016-2018 Bron still had some of prime Bron speed and quickness but his Intelligence and experience elevated him to another lvl
@Mike Vee he literally was playing against college kids in that Boston series.
@Curry not dominant in size but in the game as a whole. Points, rebounds, assists, blocks, etc. he was doing it all
Man, JJ. I hope you guys get LBJ one day on the podcast. Would definitely love to hear that
Facts im waiting for that , that would be sooooooo 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
That would be amazing
Only if he keep it real and speak openly and truthful.
Man has his own media company, Spring hill Media, man is going on nobody's podcast.👍👍👍😊😊😊
@frank-ko6de lol yeah I believe that 🤴🏾 👑 🐐
It's crazy, Al has been playing for so long, such a mature and wise dude... I think of him as an "old man," but he's literally a few months younger than me. What a great guy, he's been an important player in this league for a long time, really knows how to lead guys by example.
Still remember the Gators teams wit him and Joakim Noah 😂😂
2018 was greatest run by an individual player imo so many memorable moments
Kawhi Raptors run better
@RealParadox85 siakan , vanvleet ,ibaka , gazol ,the other one i dont have to tell u but lebron was lebron with love and other players
@RealParadox85 Absolutely not lol. Don't get me wrong Kawhi was fantastic, but LeBron scored more, assisted more, rebounded just as much on equal efficiency. He did it with a much worse team too. Imagine LeBron on that Raptors team lmao
@Dragens Gaming I wouldn’t even mention K love he avg the 12ppg throughout that entire run lol I remember it went LBJ 32PPG KLOVE 11ppg Everyone else 10ppg or less
This is LeBron’s Killer Instinct! People get caught up in MJ and Kobe trying to outscore and embarrass their opponents. LeBron is heady, he manipulates defenses and is a coaching staffs nightmare. He’s out smarting teams and is more prepared mentally and physically. That’s killer also. It just looks different when you play team basketball.
Yeah but MJ was mentally outthinking his opponents too. Ask John Stockton, the all-time assist and steals leader. Two Finals in a row, MJ out IQed Stockton. MJ knew Stockton like to cheat off of his man to double team MJ. So, during a timeout, MJ told Steve Kerr, who Stockton was guarding, to be ready for an open jumper! And as MJ predicted, Stockton left Kerr wide open, MJ passed it to Kerr, who swished it and the Bulls beat Jazz. In the next year's final, MJ lurked in lane while Stockton was too eager to get the ball to Karl Malone. Karl never knew MJ was behind him but Stockton should have! MJ strips Karl and goes down and hits the winning bucket. Stockton and Jazz were out IQed again! When MJ came into the league, he was outjumping everybody. When he left the league, he was outthinking everybody! Lebron is one of the greatest basketball players I've ever seen but MJ was the greatest!
@Gregory Harlston I saw it live so I get it brotha. MJ is my other GOAT for a reason. I’m just saying that LeBron came in to the league with that mindset. MJ and Kobe had to learn how to trust their teammates and that took a lot of years. That’s their path though, it doesn’t take away from their greatness. I’m solely talking about this “Killer Instinct” that some say LeBron doesn’t have just because it looks different than there’s.
@Kai Streets Visuals I agree with everything you said lad!!💯
The funny thing lebron was a full package. There games he would play like magic manipulating the defense and setting up his players to make easy baskets....and they're times he would score like Jordan and Kobe lol the dude is Jordan, Kobe and magic all in one.
Lebron stories are always the best
Lebron James hater-“thEre arE no CoOl stoRies abOut Lebron JaMES”😂
2018 LBJ playoff run was so intense. The pacers series with Oladipo taking him to game 7. To LeBronto taking over and then the Celtic series. What a run beating 3 hard teams in the East was no east accomplishment
it’s INSANE how this was the first season i started watching the NBA from the start of the season all the way up to the Finals. I’m just lucky that i was part of the group that got to witness this every night. A dude absolutely carrying a team to the finals one buzzer beater after the next. And then game 1 of the Finals happened, a classic moment in NBA history.
I learned this in the 2016 finals. Picking against Lebron in a game 7 is foolishness.
He topped that with the domineering performance in the majority of the usual other Playoffs series too. And by usually playing every minute too.
2018 LeBron is the best player I’ve ever seen. The fact he took that team to the Finals is beyond impressive.
Why won't anyone talk about how DIRK outplayed a GOAT who had prime WADE ,BOSH. That's greater than anything LeBrons has ever done.😮
@Ernest Muric I ain’t talking about that series against the Mavs. LeBron did not play a good series, that’s true. But if you think that Dirk ‘outplaying’ LeBron in that series was greater job than LeBron carrying that Cavs team to the Finals while averaging 33 and playing 45 minutes, you are out of your damn mind.
Agreed. I've never seen anything like it and I have nothing against Michael or anyone else. It was just unbelievable to see the all round game, control and clutch plays. Even if he taken some defensive plays off, I remember specific games were he was constantly yelling to his team mates the plays the opposition were running and how to beat them throughout the games. I have to watch it all again to truly grasp it all.
@Ernest Muric that was a great Mavericks team they had all the pieces. A star scorer in Dirk, Dpoy in chandler, a veteran Point guard in Jason kid and a deep bench with a combination of wing defenders and shooters. That team had that 04 pistons vibe to them as far as chemistry goes. They beat the defending champion Lakers, Durant Westbrook and Harden Thunder, and the Big 3 in Miami. That was a really good Mavericks team.
2018 Bron was the best player I've ever seen. That man had the game figured out.
2018 LeBron was him at his best IMO.. and Horford is really good, I never feared him when he was in Atlanta, but he scares me as Celtic.. it feels like he literally never misses a 3 when he plays the Cavs lol.. I definitely respect his game..
Man yall got our number this year tho. Would love to see a cavs-celtics series in the playoffs this season
@ill_will23 I think Cavs and Celtics are basically equal talent wise but Celtics have much more playoff experience which is huge.. I don't think either team was ever fully healthy whenever they played this season..
@BB13131313 😂😂😂😂 yeah nice try there not. Celtics are jus playing terrible right now but they not close. Cleveland hasn’t even gone to the second round since lebron. They not close in talent at all.
@Rick Sanchez Donovan and Tatum are equal.. Brown and Garland are equal.. Mobley and Allen are equal to whatever two you want to mention.. LeVert is currently playing his best ball of the season.. Cleveland matches up well with Boston.. now Boston probably has a deeper bench.. but like I said Boston has a lot more playoff experience which is obviously huge..
@BB13131313 brown and Tatum are much more valuable to the league there better. Tatum is too 5 and brown is top 10 sorry that is the worst take I heard all year. Garland is a legit the tenth best guard in the league maybe worse. Let alone player 😂😂😂🤡
I was at that hawks vs wizards game and I saw that game winner by Al. What a great rebound! I remember like two or three guys hitting the floor as Al came flying in for the board. It was an incredible moment as a fan! Great to hear him say that was a big moment for him, it sure felt like it at the time when the crowd exploded with cheers!
LeBron's 2009 playoff run doesn't get mentioned enough. He was at his peak athletically and was also an elite defender.
He broke the advanced stat sheet that year and even losing in CF he put up 38/8/8. His run from 09-18 in the playoffs is just godly.
I think that 2009 Lebron was the best lebron
@Swae5ive i feel the same way about 89 Jordan. They hadnt won a title yet but they were just head and shoulders above everyone else maybe ever. Also their first title years in 12/91 were also legendary
Man I just knew he was gonna say the game winner against the Wizards was his favorite moment. Easily one of my favorite playoff moments as a hawks fan
You guys do such an amazing job at bringing on amazing interviewees, I’m always so enthralled with learning about these various NBA players that may not usually get this kind of time to showcase their personality, knowledge, experience etc etc
That Wizards game was SO meaningful to myself and, I believe, the Atlanta fanbase. I'm glad Al considers it his favorite too!! I will always cheer for big Al wherever he suits up
That 2018 season was insane. Watching him that season cemented him at being top 2 of all time for me.
Those LeThanos memes in 2018 was crazy he was getting those infinity stones until his own teammate had to stop him 😂
Yeah dude fr. The warriors had to assemble the avengers and his own teammates to stop him haha
oh i forgot that memes, LeThanos
2018 Lebron was unbelievable. an offensive firepower. unguardable, and clutch as hell. unfortunately had to meet its end when they ran to a better team in the finals.
One of my favorite players since being a main cog in the Gators' twin championships. Lifts the level of every team he's on, far more than most players, and definitely more than most fans would even recognize. Would have loved to have seen him with the Warriors during their last few big man-poor years. A mobile big guy would have fit right in and would shore up a lot of their weaknesses.
And this is why AL is still in the league! Dude is so smart , wise , articulate , and take cares of himself! Never hear any drama with this dude and has worked on his game over the years and will knocked down big shots
Big respect to Al always. Very humble man.
I agree with Al's take on LBJ's peak. That last two years with the Heat and first two years back in Cleveland, dude was a juggernaut. The combination of pace, power and skill was too much to handle.
Al Horford seems like a great dude. He looks like he could play at least a couple more years if not more. As long as he's tall and can hit 3s he'll have a role. That said I cant wait to see what he does after he's done playing.
The 7 games with the Bucks were indeed the best games of last year..... We want more of that please!!! And JJ you have to bring Giannis at the podcast bro... You are one of the very few that actually shows him the respect that he deserves!!
'is there a peak LeBron?' definitely 2013. Dude average 27 8 and 6, 2 steals and a block, could guard every position, the best ever in the fast break, 56.5% from the field, and 40.6% from 3, elite IQ ofc, and he was at his heaviest at that point without sacrificing speed or cardio, he started posting up more, etc. Dude had absolutely everything. The best basketball peak ever.
I remember watching that Game 7 and the Q on the Jumbotron with a full crowd and watching the last few minutes was some of my favorite times as a Cavs fan. My heart was racing through that whole game, but the Cavs players were making all of their shots and LeBron straight up took over and once he got that and-one and beat his chest to the Celtic crowd. I knew I was witnessing one of the best, all-time playoff performances ever. Also it made it so much better it was against the Celtics because of Kyrie leaving us. I know he didn’t play, but that angered all of us. I also remember when Jayson Tatum dunked on LeBron, the whole crowd at the Q was all in unison going “OOO” haha, but luckily we got the upper hand and then got destroyed by the Warriors lol.
That peak Lebron question is a great one. I think he is one of the very few athletes who have had multiple peaks. His ability to adapt is amazing.
IMO peak Lebron James was found from 2017-2018. He figured some stuff out with his size and athleticism and combined that new strength with a polished offensive arsenal including insane post moves. He also had enough stamina to still be a be a effective defender. That guy was insane!
EPOs a hell of a drug. I’m all for giving greats their “flowers,” but you can’t not think about if all of the other players, with or against him, took/take the exogenous substances that he takes, would he still be that good? Just a thought experiment. If it turns out that most or all nba players take what lebron takes, then for sure, he’s the best. Until clarity is provided, which will likely never happen, I can’t take his accomplishments seriously. I know many others who think the same.
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@MrCoolGuy Where are you getting this PED idea from?
In the past 50 years, here are the highest Total Career Avg Stat Points (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK) #1) Jordan = 44.7 #2) LeBron = 44.4 #3) Bird = 43.1 Curry is #31 with 37.5 That's just to put things into to perspective
Horford playing his heart out! One of the few veterans that actually BALLING!
Man Al horford was a pivotal part of my childhood. Him on that hawks team with Joe Johnson and Josh smith zaza. The time Mike Bibby was there omg wat a time
2018 overall playoffs and finals Bron wa something especial that we haven't 👀 in decades. The whole performance was unbelievable. He should win the MVP for that regular season as well. Imagine down 0-2 tied the series and then win games 6 and 7. I think he scored 44 n 34 dominanting. Glad Al is talking about this 🇩🇴
My god Redick is so refreshing. Someone who isn’t on the bias/hate train, is actually objective, and extremely knowledgeable with his understanding of the game. Wish there were more just like him.
Al Horford is so underrated! He is so good. Always wanted him on my team when i saw him play
Al a class act. Loved his answers and insights into the game.
I have been watching the NBA since 94'. 17-18' Lebron was the best player I have ever seen. Followed by 95-96' Jordan, 20-21' Giannis and 05-06' Kobe. Those years to me, were the best players I have ever witnessed at one time or another.
I suggest you research 91 MJ. Ik you didn't watch him back then but 96 mj wasn't mjs best version
Man jj you might have the best basketball podcast man. Also shows the amount of respect and pull you had and still have around the league to get these guys to come on your show and be completely comfortable with telling you this stuff. Impressive. Especially since being a white American nba player you’re pretty much an outlier and more rare than the average nba player and to be able to gain the type of respect you have should not go unnoticed
I love this channel because people can actually talk sports without the sensational BS you see from major news outlets. and the followers of former athletes like McAfee and Redick have way more nuanced perspectives on the sports they discuss
2012-2013 LBJ in Miami with 57 FG, the heat went on a 27 game winning streak, en route to a 2-peat (maybe not the best but my fave)
19-20 LAbron including the bubble is my pick for best version. '18 Cavs Bron is special too but something about his energy when he first got to the Lakers is so entertaining. I think he was just coming out of his prime athletically but he still looked like he could run all day, jump out of the gym, you were never afraid he would get injured, and his finesse game took on this Showtime-esque shine.
Melo told a story about him and Bron and friends on a boat somewhere nice the Caribbean or Italian coast or something where Melo was getting pulled out by a strong current while swimming and had to yell for help cause he couldn’t fight it so Bron jump in after him and just dragged him back to the boat with one arm . Bron is a severely strong athletic dude naturally and even more with his extreme workout regimen.
As a Knicks fan, Al seems like a wholesome guy. JJ and Tommy always showing a different side of these athletes.
I agree with those years. 2016 watching him against the Raptors was crazy, the Raptors facial expressions were sad to watch. He was hitting shots behind the basket, fade aways, everything was falling.
I think we are about to enter a phase where LeBron just shoots crazy fade aways and threes, and that is a terrifying prospect.
AH always seemed like a solid dude! Good stuff 🔥🔥🔥
Man watching him dominate my heat in 2020 is still heart wrenching I still feel like a healthy dragic and bam with Jimmy would have taken it to game 7
Definitely could’ve went to 7 games, that game 6 Miami was just tapped out and they clamped down.
I am 45, the most scary player I have ever watched was Lebron the last season in Miami. I saw Jordan, and pre injury Grant Hill their entire careers also, and that 1 year from Lebron was just scary good.
Al keeps developing his game and it’s no wonder he’s still playing a key role at this age
Al is a true professional and still playing incredible. Players play, though many love the NBA lifestyle more than the game.
lifetime hawks fan here. nothing but respect for big al! will always be a legend
I was at that game when Al hit the buzzer beater on the wizards. That 2015 season was something!
I think the biggest differences between LeBron during his first Cavs run and his second was firstly, his consistency as a perimeter scorer and secondly, a better understanding of game flow or how and when to insert himself and/or incorporate his teammates into the offense. During his first Cavs run he was actually an incredible defender, and as athletic as it gets. The older he's gotten the more inconsistent his defense has become. As we all saw in the Nuggets series, he's still capable to being a great defender in spurts. You watch vintage LeBron during his first run in Cleveland though, the guy was like Jim Brown highlights. Physically different than everyone else on the court. At both ends. I watched him in high school (had to get the DVD because I was still in the military at the time), and I affirmed to myself, not the hype that was around him, but at least affirmed that he was better than Kobe was in high school. I remember watching his first game against the Kings like it was yesterday. I called my brother and told him that night that LeBron was the real deal. That was the second affirmation. My brother still didn't buy it at the time. Long story short, we ended up watching that Pistons game together in a hotel in Detroit while he was going through MEPs to get into the military himself. I think he finally accepted it then, but because he idolized Larry Bird growing up, it was a tough pill to swallow. LeBron has flaws, as any player does. I'll never put him ahead of Jordan, but easily the 2nd best player I've ever seen play.
Those years in Miami was peak LeBron! That man was on another level and knocking down the 3 at a higher percentage. Very scary!
Man bron gave everything he had in that final year with the cavs we always talked about his 2018 playoffs but many forget he played a full 82 games that regular season… considering his usage rate that is just as incredible as his playoffs run
Been a big al horford since his Florida days! Man deserves all the respect
Me too!! Well said!
Love this story. Al Horford's comment at ~2:10 was the most impressive about LeBron "...And, to me, that was disturbing". I think LeBron's the GOAT, but I respect anyone's opinion who says it was MJ or Kareem. Either way, LeBron's incredible. He has done, and will likely continue to do, what no players have done before.
Oh man I remember that game 5 against Washington. Pierce hit a shot in the prior possession, calling it series but big AL stepped up with a huge shot. Then they went to DC and got the job done
I think Al is one of the most respected dudes in the nba.. I have always liked him, especially when he was in Boston
you should interview the greats as well that were heart broken during MJ's career.
2018 is the last "quintessential" LeBron season. It was his only season he played every game, heled the league in minutes played and minutes-per game, and of course he carried the Cavs to the Finals after Kyrie's mutiny and the failure to replace him with an impact player. Ever since then, we've had "load-managed" LeBron, a guy who's great (offensively) when he actually plays but sits large stretches of the season for rest and injuries. I honestly feel like the 2018 season shaved years off his career, which is somewhat amazing considering he's still going strong at his age.
Lol bron is almost 40 yrs old of course he needs load management especially if he has to carry these guys on his back 😩
Horford is a class act. Respect
This is two handsome men my GOD! Also, have to agree. '13, '14', '15 and '16 Lebron. There is no other like it. The league was going through a big change with style as the GSW dynasty started to come to the fore and you saw those big runs become more and more popular. Lebron managed to weather that storm and win in 13 and again in 16. Both times if he isn't at his absolute best, those teams have no chance.
2018 was the most complete nba player of all time.
@mikemarc92 Spot on, just straight up playing and controlling everything on the floor.
Al seems like a really chill guy. Always found him to be very likable.
Always Respected Al's Game & Character - Solid Dude
Big AL. one hell of an all-around player, but an even better man, and person. I tip my hat to you brother.
loving all these lebron questions, i think its important to celebrate and appreciate greatness while its still around!
In the past 50 years, here are the highest Total Career Avg Stat Points (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK) #1) Jordan = 44.7 #2) LeBron = 44.4 #3) Bird = 43.1 Curry is #31 with 37.5 That's just to put things into to perspective
I always wanted Horford to play with LeBron for a year after all the defeats. I also think compliments LeBron’s game well.
Completely agree with Al on when Lebron was at his absolute peak as a player🙌🏼
2017 Lebron was, hands down, probably his most insane season. He carried the Cavs to the finals by any means necessary
I feel like LeBron's 1st stint in Cle was him at peak speed and hops. Miami Bron was still fast and had hops but he put on more weight and was at peak strength and shooting along with a defensive lock 1 - 5. I remember those series he had vs the Spurs and he would literally on 1 play go from locking up Tony Parker on the perimeter to switching onto Timmy and stopping him from getting good post position. Bron's 2nd stint in Cle he was at his absolute peak offensively. His defense dipped a bit (although I think people exaggerate how much) but offensively he was in a whole 'nother bag. It's funny because watching him now in his LA days you can tell he's slowed down a bit as far as speed but he got that old man strength and still able to put up numbers on anyone. His defense isn't as good as his Miami days but I see him still lock up people a couple of possessions a game. I remember in 2020 right before the playoffs people were trashing his defense and as soon as the playoffs started I watched him turn it up a level and become a hound. Locking up James Harden, Russ, Jamal Murray etc..
Much respect to Horford. As a OSU Buckeye fan that watch that Florida team crush us in the Natty. I took much delight in the Cavs beating him and Joachim in the playoffs each year. ;)
Can’t wait to see this one, as a Boston fan can we get a Jaylen Brown episode?
Big Al one of my favorite players. Such a great leader and player
Bro I been telling people this! LeBron in Miami was literally unstoppable
What A Career All Time Scorer Also. BEAST.
4:57 Was at that playoff game about 5 rows behind the Wizards bench. We were jumping on top of each other when that putback went in.
Shout out Al can't wait for the full episode to drop GO CELTICS☘️☘️
@Ok My man!
The fining point of that game, for me, was in the 2nd quarter when the Celtics had a 13 point lead and thhe ball, and that game seemed over and tthe Cavs looked ready for vacation. Lebron got a rebound and fed Jeff Green for a Eurostep layup, then he posted up and fed J R Smith for a relocation 3 on the baseline, a really great pass that brought the game to 8 and a Celtics timeout. Those two plays saved the game that early in the game. Just the most dominant, versatile player EVER.
Being an NBA all star makes you one of the most athletic people on the planet. And these people are gassed and exhausted while Lebron is casually leaning on a table. Absolutely insane.