What LeBron James Can Learn from Perennial NBA Champions

Brendan BowersContributor IIDecember 28, 2012

What LeBron James Can Learn from Perennial NBA Champions

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    LeBron James is now the proud owner of one NBA championship ring.

    In order for his 50-year-old hand to be iced out like Kobe's, Michael's and Kareem's, however, he will need to win multiple titles.

    The best way for James to achieve this is by learning from those perennial champions who won before him. 

    To his credit, James is coming off an MVP-season in 2012 and is well on his way to another one this year.

    Beyond being the most dominant player in the NBA, he is also the most versatile. There are multiple ways that James can and does beat NBA defenses on a nightly basis. 

    But even an MVP can incorporate new methods of basketball destruction. 

    For James, there are five key moves he could learn from those perennial NBA champions that would help him do specifically that.

    I am not suggesting that James needs to learn all five of these moves in order to win multiple titles. I am suggesting, however, that his chances of doing so only increase if he does.

Kobe Bryant: Pivot, Spin-Move, Jump Shot

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    LeBron James is 27 years old. 

    As he enters his thirties, his game will need to evolve accordingly. He won't be the same finisher at 33, for example, as he was at 26.

    Improving his ability score with the jump shot, specifically, will play a critical role in that evolution for James.

    Taking a page out of perennial NBA champion Kobe Bryant's playbook, learning the "pivot, spin-move, jump shot" he's perfected would serve James well moving forward.

Tim Duncan: Post Move Bank Shot

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    The older we get, the less we worry about being cool.

    Take your Dad's Christmas tie, for example.

    Similarly, bank shots might not be considered cool. We need to look no further than Tim Duncan, though, in order to measure their overall effectiveness.

    The fundamental "bank shot, post-move" that Duncan's made famous is something LeBron James can certainly learn and incorporate into his game.

    While he might lose a step in the coming years, James will remain freakishly strong.

    That strength should be all he needs to create the space necessary to score off the backboard like Duncan here in this video.

Hakeem Olajuwon: The Dream Shake

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    LeBron James has spent time training with perennial NBA champion Hakeem Olajuwon in the past.

    Those sessions have proved beneficial for James on the low-post.

    Over the next couple years, he should continue to learn as much as he can from Olajuwon.

    Mastering the art of his patented "Dream Shake" move should be high on that priority list, too.

    The move that Hakeem made famous would only make James even more unguardable than he already is.

Michael Jordan: Turn-Around, Fadeaway, Jump Shot

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    As an elder statesman in the NBA, I've always pictured LeBron James on the baseline fading away like Micheal Jordan.

    Throughout his career, LeBron has flirted with MJ's "turn-around, fadeaway, jump shot"; James has never truly perfected it. 

    There's still plenty of time for him to learn.

    James is considerably bigger than Jordan was when he played. Raising up as he faded away from his defender would be impossible to defend.

    Just like it was for those who tried to defend Jordan when he did the same thing.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Sky Hook

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    Just imagine LeBron James using his ability to elevate while releasing the basketball from a sky-hook trajectory.

    If the rhythm of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "sky hook" was ever something James felt comfortable with, it would be unblockable.

    James has used the sky hook a handful of times in his career, but he's never truly learned how to incorporate it into his game.

    Pat Riley might need to set something up this summer between James and his former Lakers star so that he can.