LeBron James: 4 Former NBA Greats James Can Learn from

Ronnie CollinsContributor IIINovember 23, 2011

LeBron James: 4 Former NBA Greats James Can Learn from

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    Over the last couple of weeks I have been pointing out some of the finer parts of LeBron James’ game that need improvement. In some instances things may seem a bit critical, a little bit demanding to some degree.

    In fairness, I think James is the best player in the league based on the totality of his efforts, which exceeds the core crop of National Basketball Association superstars.

    There are still areas where James can improve in an effort to reach his ultimate individual and team goals. I believe James could learn from a few guys from that played in different eras, a type of education that requires attention to detail.

    Basketball is not a physics course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but the learning principles for success remain consistent.

George Gervin

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    While a pun is unavoidable here, James needs a little more ice in his game when things get Africa braids tight.

    We should not forget the nights when James is going bonkers, shooting fade away jumpers from 20 feet over the right shoulder with relative ease. That stuff is special.

    However, the last image we have of James is that poor effort against the Dallas Mavericks. Things were tight in money time, and the King overheated. Yikes.

    Gervin was mid-range sharp shooter that put up numbers with relative ease. His career moments tell the story of a cool, calm and reserved star that mastered composure under pressure.

    While the crotch hugging shorts are dated and forgettable, the core pieces of Gervin’s game could be good learning for No. 6.   

Kevin McHale

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    Some call him the most skilled low post big man in the history of the sport. Quite frankly, that is hard to disagree with, unless the principal competition is Hakeem Olajuwon.

    McHale played a critical role in the success of the Boston Celtics during the 1980’s, dancing in the low block against bigger, quicker big men. Add to his unique footwork a nice touch from 15 feet and we had the total big man.

    For the contingent that do not remember his efforts, just think Pau Gasol on the post, with a lot more attitude.

    James is missing a low post game as it stands today; this is a good place to grab a few tricks from one of the masters of the block. Imagine combining his unique skill set with a few of those picturesque up-and-under moves.

Bernard King

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    For those that do not recall this guy, please reference this blessing of a hyperlink. King was an outstanding mid-range player with modern day body control and creativity.

    More than anything, King's ability to navigate around the basket, immediately off of the catch was impressive. His positioning prior to receiving an entry pass added to his effectiveness when dissecting a defensive player.

    King was a complete offensive weapon in every sense of the term.

    James is principally a creator, which is why these assets have not been developed to this point. This method of attack would get James to the line more frequently, as well as making the game easier on the offensive end of the floor.

Michael Jordan

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    The facial expression that Mr. Jordan is wearing in this portrait is one of the sole characteristics James could absorb from the great one.

    Nothing further really needs to be said about Jordan. Anything that James can add that resembles that fabric by which Jordan was derived is a plus.

    If given the choice of one basketball skill related effort, I would suggest James study the triple threat attack and its effectiveness in Jordan's game.

    Utilizing quickness and deception, Jordan was consistently able to keep defenders off balance before putting the ball on the floor.

    A video lesson from his airness will spell out this move effectively. At 2:27 in the footage Jordan executes the aforementioned offensive attack.

    Maybe all players should have to watch "Come Fly With Me" in rookie orientation.