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    Obviously if you play professional sports, you're most likely very athletic. But there's a upper echelon and LeBron was at the very top. There are only a handful of athletes that have obtained this level. These are the only ones that I can think of off the top of my head that rivaled LeBron in sheer athleticism

    Bo Jackson
    Randy Moss
    Mike Vick
    Russell Westbrook
    Mike Tyson
    Adrian Peterson
    Stephen Curry

    Any others?
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    Lol Curry

    Your using the wrong word

    Lebron a power player

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    curry lol about 1-10th athleticism lebron has

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    I think that's an impossible question. What about swimmers, gymnasts, Aussie Rules and soccer players?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shari91 View Post
    I think that's an impossible question. What about swimmers, gymnasts, Aussie Rules and soccer players?!
    Sir, none of them rival LeBron in sheer dominant athleticism

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    Shaq
    Lamar Jackson
    Chamberlain
    Muggsy Bogues
    Sean Taylor
    Julius Peppers
    David Robinson

    Shari we are talking fast twitch like speed, power, quickness most guys in those sports not close

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm18 View Post
    Shaq
    Lamar Jackson
    Chamberlain
    Muggsy Bogues
    Sean Taylor
    Julius Peppers
    David Robinson

    Shari we are talking fast twitch like speed, power, quickness most guys in those sports not close
    Athleticism in the dictionary = speed, strength, agility and stamina. You reckon people in those sports don't have that?! Could LeBron swim 50 metres let alone 1500? Or have the strength to do what gymnasts do with their body? Or run the distances and at the speeds that soccer and AFL players do, all while getting pummelled without padding in the latter?

    I just think it's a pretty broad question. But ok... I'll say LeBron wins then

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    Quote Originally Posted by shari91 View Post
    I think that's an impossible question. What about swimmers, gymnasts, Aussie Rules and soccer players?!
    soccer players are probably deserving but the other 3 sports just dont earn enough for an elite athlete to do those instead of making 20+ million doing a major sport. aussie rules guys are just nfl punters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjgold View Post

    Your using the wrong word

    Lebron a power player


    I agree 100%

    Most of the greatest athletes can pick up any other sport & be pretty good or decent at it.

    I don't see Lebron as being that kind of athlete.

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    LeBron is an animal. No doubt.

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    Perhaps MJ and Len Bias.
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    mike trout
    michael phelps
    saquon barkley
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    oscar robertson
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    Michael Phelps should be somewhere on this list

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    don't forget about Usain Bolt; ONLY 9 runs out of top 30 '100m' times EVER have been posted by by a guy that hasn't failed a doping test. Usain bolt owns all of those 9 records. I would consider him to be on this list

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    SHAQ

    that's about it really

    Football players get neutralized pretty quick. Moss was fast but also had alligator arms....

    Barry Bonds/ Roger Clemens MLB perhaps

    Gretskzy on ice....

    But as far as 1 guy being so much stronger and agile then everyone around him its Shaq

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    Manly of these guys are not comparable. Everybody 10+ years ago didn't lift and stuff like they do now. The difference is that LeBron is so big, strong AND athletic. A trifecta unlike anybody else.

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    don't forget about mr/mrs decathlon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hman View Post
    I agree 100%

    Most of the greatest athletes can pick up any other sport & be pretty good or decent at it.

    I don't see Lebron as being that kind of athlete.
    Actually he would have made the NFL, no one here remember? And for those of us who have played ball at a high level, the level of cardio that a high level basketball player has should easily match that of a swimmer/soccer player or any other high cardio sport. What I find nuts about LeBron is the amount of strength he has maintained combined with that level of cardio. Anyone that has trained a bit will tell you that is not easily achievable, basically he has ufc strength and agility and instead of 5 minute rounds he goes for 9-15 minute rounds. Obviously he has the money/time/science it takes to achieve that body but still that shows you how hard he must train.

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    Would love to see an updated version of the 70s/80s 'Superstars" show?

    OJ in tighty whitey tennis shorts.
    Hershal being Hershal.

    Would never happen because the prize money would have to be too big to attract the best athletes of today.

    Westbrook would be great. Some soccer players would be tough as well.

    A new version of the obstacle course would be epic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwnotorious View Post
    Actually he would have made the NFL, no one here remember? And for those of us who have played ball at a high level, the level of cardio that a high level basketball player has should easily match that of a swimmer/soccer player or any other high cardio sport. What I find nuts about LeBron is the amount of strength he has maintained combined with that level of cardio. Anyone that has trained a bit will tell you that is not easily achievable, basically he has ufc strength and agility and instead of 5 minute rounds he goes for 9-15 minute rounds. Obviously he has the money/time/science it takes to achieve that body but still that shows you how hard he must train.



    I remember talk of him wanting to try & play TE or WR in the NFL.

    Nobody knows if he could compete though.

    For the most part basketball players are the best athletes in general.

    If you can play basketball, odds are you can pick up other sports.

    There are exceptions of course.

    Check out Barry Sanders in those vids above.

    Bo Jackson could do similar things on a basketball court, and of course we know what he could do on the football field, baseball field, track field, and probably any other sport he dedicated time to.

    I just think some will agree that when discussing best athletes, you have to be specific, because some get confused.

    There are great athletes in each sport.

    And then there are great ATHLETES in general.

    If they held Superstar competitions like they used to, we might get a better look at LeBron in other sports overall & be able to gauge better.

    Hard to tell these days because athletes have too much pride to compete against each other in these competitios they used to have between Superstars, combined with the fear of injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOM-Ganador View Post
    Would love to see an updated version of the 70s/80s 'Superstars" show?



    Agreed it would be great to see.

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    This is laughable.

    Bo Jackson is 10X the athlete Lebron is. Not even close. “Lebron could’ve played in the NFL” LOL. Yeah, so could I. I simply chose not too.

    As a reserve tight end on the Notre Dame practice squad for 2 years, I can assure you I have much more of a clue than you clowns.

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    Doesn't anyone here remember Jim Thorpe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hman View Post

    If they held Superstar competitions like they used to, we might get a better look at LeBron in other sports overall & be able to gauge better.
    This is what I started to type earlier without knowing that there used to be Superstar competitions. I think the only way to properly judge would be to take a group of contenders at the exact same age and put them through a whole range of tests that cover everything. That's great if someone can jump. Do they have the stamina to run 18 to 20 kilometres a game? Can they withstand the physical contact that football players have to deal with and still be expected to run after that? Can they stand out there for 5 or even 8 hours like a tennis player in a Slam and deal with all of that physically? Like I said... I think it's an impossible question. Even the Caitlyn Jenner reference... could LeBron do all of that?! Common now.

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    bo Jackson

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    Quote Originally Posted by shari91 View Post
    This is what I started to type earlier without knowing that there used to be Superstar competitions. I think the only way to properly judge would be to take a group of contenders at the exact same age and put them through a whole range of tests that cover everything. That's great if someone can jump. Do they have the stamina to run 18 to 20 kilometres a game? Can they withstand the physical contact that football players have to deal with and still be expected to run after that? Can they stand out there for 5 or even 8 hours like a tennis player in a Slam and deal with all of that physically? Like I said... I think it's an impossible question. Even the Caitlyn Jenner reference... could LeBron do all of that?! Common now.
    this would be dope

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2bets View Post
    Doesn't anyone here remember Jim Thorpe?
    I read a Thorpe bio last summer.

    One great story has him walking into a ritzy ballroom in the UK during some international banquet.
    Half in the bag, he walks up to a group of athletes who are trying to jump up and touch a chandelier.
    "What are you fellas up to?"
    "Hey Jim, we have been trying to get a finger on this chandelier"
    "Show me"

    Guy steps up, takes a running start and misses by a foot or so.
    Thorpe steps back, gathers himself, jumps up and rattles the prisms.
    Leaves the group speechless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hman View Post
    Wow, that's sick. Isn't Barry Sanders 5'8"? He's dunking pretty comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jizay View Post
    Wow, that's sick. Isn't Barry Sanders 5'8"? He's dunking pretty comfortably.



    Yep he is/was a rare athlete for sure

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