Former NBA Star Mocked For His Dirty Play On Kobe Bryant Confesses What A Nightmare Prime LeBron James Was: “Once He’s Locks In And Coming Downhill”

Published 05/26/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
Mar 11, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots in the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is one of the most iconic players in the world today. He went from being a high school prodigy to a bona fide NBA star and presently; he is the face of the league and the sport globally. However, this didn’t take place overnight.

He earned this honor through great performances in matches that mattered to his team, whether it was for the Cavaliers, the Heat, or the Lakers. At 37, he is still moving like someone who hasn’t yet had enough of the game. Many have faced him from the opposite end, but only a select few have kept him quiet.

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Dahntay Jones, as an ex-player, knows how challenging it is to face prime James. Jones admits that to former player Gilbert Arenas in the latter’s podcast, “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas.”

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There, in plain words, he says, “I hit Bron on the break one time and I am not a weak individual, but I put everything I had to and I bounced off him like a kid.” He continues, “Bron, once he locks in and he’s coming downhill. He used to be hell off the ball with his back door cuts and things of that nature. When he wants to lock in, you’re at his mercy.

LeBron James and Jones for the Cavaliers

LeBron James did incidentally win an NBA championship in a team that had Dahntay Jones as a bench player. The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Jones in 2016. He played one regular-season game before playing only a few playoff games and was suspended due to him striking the then Toronto Raptors player Bismack Biyombo.

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Jones ended up playing a few minutes of the 6th game due to his other teammates getting in foul trouble. He got five points, one rebound, and one block. Jones ended up winning his first NBA ring as the Cavaliers came back from being 3-1 down.

James was named the Finals MVP as he scored 29.7 points per game. This included his two successive 41-point performances in Games 5 and 6. He also blocked Andre Iguodala’s layup when almost two minutes were still left in the clock and the scores were tied at 89. It’s one of the most iconic moments from that Finals.

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‘King James’ is someone whose name is already taken among the greats. Ex-players like Jones confirm that for fans as well.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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