Isiah Thomas Sternly Believes Players in His Era Couldn’t Guard LeBron James or Kevin Durant: ‘We’d Have No Shot’

LeBron James and Kevin Durant have earned unwithering recognition as two of the game’s greatest talents. James and Durant continue to cement their place in NBA history behind their sustained excellence. It’s led Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas to make a strong stance about the two stars that won’t entirely enthuse his peers.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are dominating the 2021-22 season

Months before the 2021-22 season, the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were projected as the 2022 Finals matchup.

Although the Lakers haven’t looked any part of a team that will reach that point, James has certainly performed like a player aiming for his fifth NBA title. The 37-year-old is still fending off Father Time with an impressive start to his 19th campaign.

James is second (28.9) to Durant in scoring (29.3) while shooting 51.9% from the floor and 36.2% from beyond the arc. Despite missing 12 games, he leads the league with 19 contests with 30 or more points, including becoming the oldest player to notch seven straight such performances.

Meanwhile, Durant is playing like the early MVP frontrunner. He has the Nets sitting a half-game behind the Chicago Bulls for the Eastern Conference’s best record. Durant is leading the league in scoring while shooting 52.0% from the floor and 37.2% from 3-point range.

He’s shed all concern over his Achilles tendon as he’s back to playing at an elite level as one of the game’s best talents. Those factors have led a Hall of Famer to make a strong stance, further cementing their place in league history.

Isiah Thomas sternly believes players in his era couldn’t guard LeBron James or Kevin Durant: ‘We’d have no shot’

Since stepping into retirement, Isiah Thomas has remained a prominent figure around the NBA.

Thomas hasn’t been one to mince his words regarding today’s top talent. During a recent interview on The ETCs with Kevin Durant podcast, the former Pistons great voiced that players from the 1980s and 1990s would have had much difficulty guarding either LeBron James or Kevin Durant.

“We would have no shot at guarding Kevin Durant or LeBron James in the post, in the triple post,” Thomas said via Sam Leweck of Lakers Daily. “We’d have no shot. We just wouldn’t unless we came and double-teamed and fouled you hard.”

Thomas’ words certainly hold much weight given that he was part of the Bad Boys’ Pistons, who had no issue with delivering hard fouls. James and Durant would present different challenges due to their skillset and body frame.

The Lakers star forward is a physically imposing player at 6-foot-9 listed at 250 pounds who possesses speed and strength. That alone makes him a problem in the low post for any opposing forward. He’s too big for any guard to handle, while his versatility allows him to score on any spot on the floor, making it impossible for a center to guard him effectively.

Meanwhile, many have touted Durant as arguably the most-gifted scorer in league history. He’s nearly seven feet tall while possessing the ball-handling ability of a guard and can score from anywhere. His tireless work has made him a nearly unguardable offensive factor that can get his shot up over any defender due to his 7-foot-5 wingspan.

All those factors fueled Thomas’ stance that James and Durant are two of the game’s greatest talents that could strive in any era.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are eyeing 2022 NBA title contention

James and Durant continue to showcase their all-time great talent despite overcoming difficult circumstances.

Although Durant will miss the next four to six weeks due to an MCL sprain in his left knee, he will be the Nets’ driving force in their NBA title push.

James holds a steeper hill to climb with the challenging situation, as the Lakers sit in the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings. His play will be crucial to their championship chances.

James and Durant are positioned to stay atop the league as long their bodies allow them to do so.

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