Gilbert Arenas shares epic LeBron James story to prove he’s the GOAT
Arenas took to Instagram to tell the story of the first time he met LeBron, a moment that signaled Arenas to James’ future greatness.
According to Arenas, he and Larry Hughes went to James’ house. No date is given, but it must have been at the beginning of LeBron’s career-with an entourage that also included LeBron’s business partner, Maverick Carter, and eventual agent, Rich Paul. “Agent Zero” said James watched film endlessly, until the wee hours of the morning.
Arenas continued by saying LeBron’s willingness to consume information paid major dividends when James’ Cleveland Cavaliers met Arenas’ Washington Wizards in back-to-back playoff series’ in 2006 and 2007.
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@kingjames the first time I met u 🗣I knew what the world is finding out now 💯Me and @thereallhughes came over with @mavcarter @richpaul @ernieramos and when I got there, you and ur wife @mrs_savannahrj were sitting on the couch watching TV!!! From 7pm til about 3am I noticed two kids watching EVERY SPORT that came through those tv's (highschool basketball-Women's college Bball-football-hardwood classic games etc u had 4 TVs with the "picture in picture" feature on which gave u 8 diff views 💯u two were glued to those tvs (absorbing information) at shoot around the next day I told Larry 🗣 young fella is like a computer, he was watching every game that was on and watched our breakdown twice last night 💯 that kid will know everything that's going on while we're out there 💯 We will have to mentally challenge him and figure out his tale tale signs or we will never get passed them in a 7 game series becuz he will adapt to anything we do 💯 a few years went by and bam WIZ Vs CAVS matched up 🙏🏾 as soon as we landed..I came straight to the crib and yo ass was in the same damn spot watching us but this time u and the wife was taking notes, sharing notes 🤯 I said them notes ain't stopping me 😂 u replied 🗣were taking game one 😉 🗣#Me haha with what ? U don't have nothing man, Eric snow? NO BENCH ? Larry has to guard me and imma run him tired so he won't be used for offense 🤔 he said 🗣 we taking game 1🤦🏾♂️ they won game 1 and ended up beating us that year😩 we mentally pushed each other the next few years gaining each other's respect…when i got hurt u made sure I was doing my rehab….when I got in trouble U cussed me out first and then told me make sure I stay mentally strong 💯 what makes u GOAT is the willingness to take in information 🐐I was never close to winning a championship but u took my advice and adjustments as if I was One and I thank u for that 💯 🗣u had my respect when u out smarted me in that series ✊🏾🙏🏾 CONGRATS on #4 and I'm sure u will be in the gym tonight or tomorrow getting ready for number #5 oh one last thing bronny 🗣 yo ass is still grass my man 🤣🤣🤣 #jamesfamilyfun #morethananathlete #Goat #allhailtheking #allhailthequeen
The mercurial Arenas finishes the story by stating the Lakers star’s ability to soak in information and apply it on the floor is what makes him the greatest player in NBA history.
Indeed, while LeBron James is blessed with one of the most unique physiques the NBA has ever seen, he also has arguably the highest basketball IQ of any player to grace the hardwood.
LeBron has, throughout the course of his career, outsmarted opponents and leveraged his basketball knowledge just as he uses his physicality to overwhelm defenses.
The “GOAT” debate has become all the rage in recent days. Michael Jordan and LeBron James will forever be linked in terms of legacy and impact. But Arenas feels James’ veraciousness for consuming information is what makes him the best player in the history of the sport.