Kobe Bryant has launched his new show Detail on ESPN+ where he offers insight into the marquee playoff games and takes viewers into the film room with him as he breaks down how to score on or stop some of your favorite players and teams. His most recent installment took aim at LeBron James and how to slow down the phenom from Akron.
Kobe pointed out a major detail in LeBron's outside shooting success and particularly his success in late-game scoring situations: he prefers to go to his left.
“Every big shot that he makes is going left. He’s remarkable about getting to that left hand and being able to raise up and shoot. That’s the first thing I would do, disrupt his ability to go left. “It’s amazing, all those shots are either coming right shoulder from the post or off the dribble with his left hand. That’s the first thing I would look at if I was guarding him in these playoffs— make him do something different besides going to that left.”
Whichever teams gets to play against James and his Cavs in the Eastern Conference finals will definitely have their hands full as LeBron is currently averaging 34.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 8.8 assists in this year's playoffs. It may not be a panacea for stopping LeBron but Kobe's insight is a good starting point.