If it seems like TSS is pro-LeBron, we are. Well, at least Gotty™ and myself are. I mean, why not? He’s a freak of nature who commands you to watch whenever he’s playing, regardless of alliance. He’s a captivating figure, and, I may be going out on a limb when I say this, one of the most physically dominating athletes of all time. Not the “greatest,” but just one person who is so much better physically than the rest of his counterparts (à la Jim Brown, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps). That and he’s forced statisticians to insert a new category into their columns for his now patented blocks, also known as the “chase-down-block” or “CD.”
Last season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Cavs had begun tracking chase-downs, primarily because LeBron had made it a signature play of sorts. (Consider it the NBA’s version of the “fourth quarter comeback,” a stat created by the Broncos to get John Elway more pub.) LeBron had 23 CDs last season, according to the team.
Whenever they begin to alter small factors of the game to accommodate your style of play, you’ve “arrived.” Whatever that means. According to this season’s numbers, he’s already more than halfway there with another stretch of the season to tackle. It’s getting to a point where if the opposing team finds themselves on a fast break, I expect to see #23 appear from the corner of the screen to spike the ball off the glass. Sooner or later, players are going to be forced to start pulling up from the three point line in hopes of salvaging points. Just ask his latest recipient, OJ Mayo.
They even refer to it as “CD” in the clip.