LeBron James has earned the reputation for “coasting” at times during the regular season to keep himself fresh and, at the age of 31, the reigning NBA Finals MVP probably isn’t quite the athletic specimen that he once was. Then, just when you start to think he’s coasting, he does something like this.
During the second quarter of Thursday’s showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers, James anticipated a lazy pass, jumped in front of it, and found no resistance between himself and the basket. As a result, the still-explosive forward was able to line up his steps to give the crowd a good show, and the result was a dynamic and powerful one-handed windmill dunk that sent everyone into a frenzy.
For further evidence, here is a slow-motion angle.