LeBron James seems to be in a perpetual state of frozen animation when playing basketball. Don't get me wrong he's a brilliant player and he possessive wild skills. The problem is we do not understand why he is not consistently taking over the game. Sometimes he appears lost even though he is probably the best player on the planet.
Yes LeBron James seems to be someone who really has a problem being consistent in how he approaches the game. Yet despite this, he is an outstanding player and that's something that we all have to come to terms with. Yes many hate him for having the gall to say he was going to take his talents to Miami but we must understand this is truly a talented basketball player.
So that is the LeBron James we know. Sometimes he's there. Sometimes he gives you maximum effort and sometimes when he's on the big stage he seems to freeze up. Probably it is psychological I can't really tell you why but it seems to happen quite often. No we can't get into LeBron James' head. That is an exercise reserved for the experts, but we can ponder why he seems to disappear in some circumstances.
But maybe LeBron James' coach can tell you why he seems to have a photographic memory. A great memory of plays and situations and how the play is likely to turn out.
Spoelstra said James' recall helps because ultimately it's attention to detail that helps a team win. “That's how coaches are,” Spoelstra said. “We remember details and we want to emphasize those details. And when your best player recalls the minor things and also understands the importance of those things, it has a big impact on our team.”
James looks at his ability in two ways.
“Sometimes it works great, sometimes it doesn't,” he said. “Sometimes it can cloud my mind too much and I get to thinking about the game too much instead of just playing. Sometimes I'm able to put myself in situations that are better for me and better for our team by knowing what happened before.
“I guess it's a gift and a curse.”