LeBron James' season is now over, and while the NBA's all-time leading scorer debates his future, one thing is for sure: LeBron James was blessed with some incredible physical gifts. In today's article, we'll take a look at LeBron's physical prowess and the rare combination of size, speed, and strength that has made him one of the greatest to ever play in the NBA.
LeBron James: Towering Heights
To comprehend just how big LeBron James is, we must start with his height. Standing at an impressive 6 feet 8 inches (2.07 meters), LeBron commands attention whenever he steps onto the basketball court. His ability to handle the basketball, change direction, and get off the ground at his size make him truly one of a kind.
The Weighty Matter
Beyond his height, LeBron James carries an imposing weight that contributes to his physical prowess. Tipping the scales at around 250 pounds (113 kilograms), he possesses a robust build that enhances his ability to maneuver effortlessly through the court. The combination of his height and weight allows LeBron to utilize his body as a formidable weapon, driving through defenders and bulldozing his way to the rim. Of his 38,652 total career points, 8,087 have come from the free-throw line.
Wingspan: Reaching New Heights
We talked about this with Darius Garland. In the game of basketball, wingspan plays a crucial role because it allows players to play "bigger" than what they are. LeBron James boasts an impressive wingspan that amplifies his already formidable physical attributes. With his arms outstretched, his wingspan spans an incredible 7 feet (2.13 meters), enabling him to intimidate opponents and disrupt passing lanes. LeBron has 2,186 steals in his career, which can be attributed to really good instincts and long arms.
LeBron has a 44" vertical jump. So while he's big and powerful, he's also an extremely explosive athlete. While some of the highlight reel dunks have slowed down a bit as he's gotten older, LBJ should always be mentioned as one of the elite athletes ever to play in the NBA.
One of the most impressive things about LeBron's 20 seasons in the NBA is his ability to stay healthy. Sure, he's had some injuries later in his career as a Laker. But, overall, he's never had a major injury that has sidetracked his career. One hand, it's easy to point to his natural gifts as mentioned above. LeBron is big, strong, and explosive, and while we've seen guys built like that in the past, we've never seen them move like LeBron.
On the other hand, though, it's one thing to have Ferrari. It's another to drive it correctly. LeBron has taken incredible care of his body, investing in trainers, nutritionists, massage therapists, etc. to keep him in elite shape and form. It's takes an incredible amount of discipline to do this for a month, much less two decades. So while we all agree that LeBron James was born with elite genetics, his decision to take care of himself has extended his career.
John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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