Miami Heat all-star forward LeBron James did not seem to mind that Chicago Bulls’ John Lucas III was blocking his lane to the hoop. In fact, he decided to jump right over him, dunking an alley-oop pass from teammate Dwyane Wade. The Heat would go on to win the game 97-93.
Perhaps that leap frog move was not even a fair matchup, given James’ 6-foot-8 height and Lucas’ 5-foot-11 stature.
"It's a great pass by D-Wade," James said after the game Sunday, according to CBS sports. “Without the pass, I don't finish the shot. Give all the props to D-Wade. I just went to go get it.”
James added, “We’re not ‘Lob City,’ but we’re doing OK.”
Just OK? Why King James, thou art so modest.
Some fans are calling the one-hander one of the best dunks ever, according to USA Today. They are comparing it to previous athletic feats by Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Vince Carter, Julius Erving, and John Starks.
The Daily Mail reports that James was well-conditioned for this game after riding a bicycle to American Airlines Arena. The Miami Marathon was in progress, and he wanted to be timely.
Despite all of his accomplishments, such as this amazing dunk, James still faces the crtiticism that he is a sports villain rather than a hero. The former Cavalier has been under a microscope ever since his Miami decision.
James did make it to the 2011 NBA championship last season, but the Heat came up short to the Dallas Mavericks, losing the series 4-2.
The Heat currently lead the Southeast division of the Eastern Conference with a record of 15 -5. They host the New Orleans Hornets (4-16) tonight in Miami at 7:30 p.m.