Brian Scalabrine on guarding LeBron James
Widely regarded on Facebook comment sections as the greatest to ever touch a basketball, Brian Scalabrine spoke with Yahoo! Sports recently and talked about how hard it is to cover fellow legend and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. In addition to that, Scalabrine also gave some nuggets of advice for Boston Celtics defenders on how to slow down James.
What type of mindset do you need to defend LeBron?
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 23, 2018
“If you’re going to be one-on-one with LeBron, you better show some fight. You better act like ‘there’s no one behind me, this is me, I’m playing for my life.’ Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, whoever has LeBron at that time, they better have that mentality or he will destroy you. I just think they need to up their physicality like you said and up that mentality like my ‘back is against the wall, I have to stop this man.’”
LeBron James has been an absolute beast in the playoffs in which he is averaging 33.7 points on 55.0 percent shooting from the floor, collaring 8.7 rebounds, and dishing out 9.0 assists per game. He’s been doing it all for a Cavs team that is currently in an intriguing Eastern Conference finals series with the Boston Celtics, who now have the burden of dealing with the four-time MVP after previous failed attempts by the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors at slowing the four-time MVP down.
What Brian Scalabrine also said about guarding James is actually something the Celtics are already doing. Boston has ramped up its physicality particularly on defense to the point that Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said that the Celtics are “gooning the game up.”
The Celtics will try once again to limit James this Wednesday, as they host Cleveland in Game 5 of their series.