‘I Literally Couldn’t Stop’: Former Lakers Star Reveals Difficulties Playing Against LeBron James

Published 05/07/2021, 12:52 PM EDT
Los Angeles, CA, Monday, December 28, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) sails in for a breakaway dunk against the Trail Blazers at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) | Courtesy: Getty Images


At the age of 36 years, LeBron James continues to prove his excellence in every aspect of competence. One of the former impressive defenders of the league, Metta Sandiford-Artest, reveals how the Lakers star was unstoppable against him as well.

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The purple-gold king, LeBron James, resonates dominance with age and experience. His career has been an uphill road as he goes on breaking records as and when he wishes.

Over the years, the superstar has given a tough time to most of the defenders in the league. With a staggering career average of 27 points per game, that’s an expected outcome.

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Metta Sandiford-Artest vs LeBron James: A past battle

Well, many great defenders have gone pale in front of the ‘King’, one of them being Metta Sandiford-Artest.

He is a former champion, having won the trophy in 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers. Metta was also awarded the Defensive Player of the Year early on in 2004, along with getting admitted to the NBA All-Defensive First team twice in his career.

The two big stars, LeBron and Metta have faced each other 21 times in the NBA regular season, though not even once in the playoffs. However, LeBron holds a 13-8 winning record over Metta in the league.

Metta admits he could never stop James

On a recent episode of ‘Called Game’, Metta described his experiences of playing against the newer generation of NBA players. James has evidently led this decade of the league, and Metta wasn’t new to this fact.

The former small forward admires LeBron for his unbeatable gameplays. “He [LeBron] was one of the few guys that I literally couldn’t stop when I wanted to,” Metta added.

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“I had maybe a couple good games, but he was one of the guys I definitely didn’t have his number. Some people say I did, but I just don’t see it.”

Metta mostly found his ways on the defensive end, but couldn’t get past Bron. The latter is moving forward in his career stronger than ever, despite new-age defenders challenging him yet again every single day.

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