Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is getting up in age. Now 31 years old, he has been in the NBA for over a decade. In basketball years, he is close to becoming an old man. Some people have said that the four-time MVP has been lacking on defense or isn't as explosive as used to be.
Last night, James contradicted those impressions in spectacular style against the San Antonio Spurs.
He had two vicious blocks, one against Tony Parker and the other against Manu Ginobili. In each case, it looked like James teleported into the picture, because he seemed to come out of nowhere.
The first one happened in the second quarter when Parker tried to drive left to the basket. LeBron jumped from the other side of the paint and sent the ball into the stands.
The second came off of Ginobili's fastbreak attempt. Ginobili was being hounded by Cavs guard J.R. Smith, when LeBron came from behind and glassed his layup attempt. Old age? Nonsense! The man can still jump out of the gym to block shots.
When James plays defense like that, his opponents must always be looking over their shoulders and trying to locate him. The Spurs learned that lesson the hard way.
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