Many NBA stars struggle to pick a top memory of playing with “The King,” LeBron James, due to his long-time presence. Yet, former Detroit Pistons shooting guard, Rip Hamilton, vividly remembers the moment he knew James would rule the game.
RephraseWith his unique height and skills, LeBron was immediately outstanding, says Hamilton. When he sensed James’s future iconic impact, he urged Tayshaun Prince to let LeBron shine before time ran out. The Pistons had a shot to carry out Hamilton’s strategy against James in the 2006 playoffs. Instead of pushing the youngster from Akron around, Rip and team Pistons clinched a victory in Game 7 and endured Game 6.
In NBA 75 Stories, while talking about LeBron James, Rip Hamilton stated:
I remember first time playing against him in the actual game. He was so much bigger and stronger than everybody at that position, and me, and Tayshaun [Prince] was sitting on the bench because, you know, at that time, he was a past-first type of guy; he still was a past-first type of guy, and we were like, 'Ay, you know what we better beat up on him now because once he figures it out, we ain't gonna have a chance.
Unaware, the Pistons went on, not knowing this was their final shot at beating James and the Cavaliers, endorsing Hamilton’s prediction. The following playoffs, LeBron astounded everyone by leading the Pistons by 25 points consecutively in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals duel, then securing the series in Game 6.
A game-changing moment that saw LeBron James reach Michael Jordan’s greatness
In the last stretch of the game, James astonished everyone with his 25-point scoring streak. This moment signalled his rise to greatness, comparable to Michael Jordan, says ex-Cavaliers player Ira Newble.
That game’s last quarter saw James go on a 25-point shooting spree that shocked the whole NBA. It was the moment LeBron earned the right to be likened to Michael Jordan, according to former Cavaliers forward Ira Newble.
LeBron James scored 25 points in a row, and according to Newble, not many players are able to match that feat. Michael Jordan and Newble & Co. attempted to guard James with every player on their bench, but none of them were able to do it. James has unquestionably taken over the NBA. When did it start off formally? Although it’s difficult to say for sure, maybe we can concur with Hamilton and Newble that the famous game marked the beginning of it.