Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has never shied away from praising his opponents and have always offered an honest opinion of them.
Such was the case after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Warriors 120-94 on Wednesday night, knocking Golden State down to a 2-10 record. The four-time NBA MVP posted 23 points and 12 assists.
After the match, Kerr offered some serious words of praise for Lakers star LeBron James, saying James was probably the best athlete to have ever walked this planet. Kerr's Warriors met up King James in four consecutive NBA Finals, winning three of them.
That was high praise from anyone, but it’s especially high praise from Kerr, who won three championships playing alongside Michael Jordan.
It’s also hard to argue. Forgetting basketball, and just focusing on athletic prowess, James is about as impressive of a specimen as has ever existed, in a highly athletic sport. He has the height of a small forward, the strength of a centre, the speed of a point guard, and the combination of body control and leaping ability that would have landed him numerous slam dunk contest victories, had he ever chosen to participate.
What he did with that athleticism isn’t too shabby, either. And after recording 23 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds against the Warriors, it’s pretty clear he’s far from over, even in his 17th NBA season.
James had a forgettable debut campaign in Los Angeles, where a groin injury restricted the former Cleveland Cavaliers star to 55 games in 2018-19 as the Lakers missed the playoffs for a sixth successive season.
However, the fit-again 34-year-old is a man on a mission this season, with James averaging 23.9 points, 11.1 assists and 8.0 rebounds through 11 games.