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building a lebron james
« on: January 18, 2013, 10:15:26 am »
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Just reading about his latest accomplishment he's clearly one of the best ever no doubt and they don't come along every day. That aside, here is a thought experiment.

Wondering if you could take one of the many young, raw and athletic 6'7"-6'8", 220-230lb basketball guys out there, and turn them into physical freaks like lebron? Could you train someone to become as athletic and powerful as lebron? has anyone done this thought experiment in real life, i dont know what happens in college and professional basketball behind the scenes but do they actually have them doing squats and deadlifts and what not and making them much stronger etc.

I remember when i was in university and i knew this one african guy who grew up in zimbabwe who at the time played for my uni. even then reminded me of lebron.. similar age, height and frame (when lebron as rookie he wasn't very heavy, id say about 100kg/220lb). My friend was very athletic and powerful and i used to watch him do amazing effortless dunks in the gym. i'd guess his vertical was around 40" or so and since he had a great reach owing to his long arms he was build for basketball. I know he went to the gym regularly but it was the typical functional training crap that was popular then, medicine ball throws and one leg leg presses. wonder what would have happened if someone made him do a solid strength training program for 6-12 months and made him much stronger. would he then approach present day lebron? maybe, maybe not, it's all hypothetical of course.

do we all have the potential to be great athletes in our rights if we train for it? i know every ability in the population will be distributed according to the bell curve but can we change our relative placement by working hard in the gym and improving our physical performance thru training. i would guess it depends when you start as well, if you began during puberty it would probably make a greater difference than someone like me starting in my late 20s..

anyway feel free to tell me im full of shit just bored lol

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Re: building a lebron james
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 02:21:06 pm »
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Sure.

It's called "steroids".

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Re: building a lebron james
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013, 11:48:22 pm »
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Oh shit.
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Re: building a lebron james
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 12:26:26 am »
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d wade using illegal ped's in the 2009 season is definitely not out of the question.  Same with lebron, but it unknown when.
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Re: building a lebron james
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 12:45:33 am »
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Yes, theoretically I think it's possible. But practically speaking I don't think you'll see an average NBA/college basketball player train exclusively in the off-season to become more athletic. It'd be so intensive that it would mean a lot of their time normally spent on skill work and conditioning would be spent recovering. Injury risk would be relatively higher as well. From what I've seen, highly skilled players can hang in the NBA but raw athletes generally stay around for a few years then fade if they don't develop at least one or two NBA level skills.

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Re: building a lebron james
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2013, 07:09:27 pm »
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no, you cannot train your brains out and become lebron james, or even jason kidd. just like you could work your way up to 100 miles a day on the bike and take all the EPO and whatever other PEDs you wanted to but you'd never be able to stay on a mountain with floyd landis or lance armstrong. the bell curve is what it is. tautology of the day: elite athletes are elite. the top end of the elite are those who started off elite and then busted their ass.
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Re: building a lebron james
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2013, 07:23:13 pm »
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Have Usain Bolt have gay sex with LeBron James and James White and then put Marion Jones, Candace Parker and Brittney Grinder to have lesbian sex together, obtain the best semen and best ovules out of that, combine them in an incubatory, breed whatever comes out with ultra vitamins, bionics, pure oxygene or ozone, test, HGH, decadurabolin and see what you come up with.

Ah...

Oh... almost forgot. And a spoon of Chuck Norris DNA in there too.