LeBron James, Channeling Magic Johnson

Near the end of his career, Magic Johnson was so good at backing his man down into the post, waiting for the double team and kicking out to open players for shots. Now, in Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals, LeBron James is doing the exact same thing. James already has six assists, as he’s willed the Heat back into the game.

James’ play is especially impressive for two reasons. For one, with the relaxation of zone defense rules, it’s much harder to draw true double teams in 2012 than it was in 1991. For another, post play was supposed to be one of James’ weaknesses. It’s clearly not anymore.

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