LeBron James has been known for a lot of different things throughout his more than successful NBA career, and one of the features that distinguish him the most is his strength and ability to pretty much go against the biggest and fiercest players in the world.
And most recently ever since his last trip to the Big Apple, it seems like LeBron got amidst some kind of beef with Frank Ntilikina, Enes Kanter and even the city of New York itself, and you would be wise not to mess up with the King.
However, there are several suitors in the Association that wouldn’t back down from anybody, including LeBron James, and that could definitely take him on a nightly basis given the opportunity. Today, we’re going to let you know about those 5 players.
5. Steven Adams
As you may know by now, Adams is a part of a huge family, and all of his brothers are athletes. Besides, being a rugby player for most of his life and looking like Jason Momoa’s stuntman, Adams could pretty much take any guy in the planet, especially considering you know you have to fight for everything when you live in such a crowded family.
The young center out of New Zealand is a strong beast down low and even though he doesn’t always make the most of his physical presence, he’s been known for being a hard-nosed defender. Also, he’s great buddies with Kanter, so you know there’s going to be bad blood there.
4. DeMarcus Cousins
Boogie Cousins looks more like a football player than like a basketball player, and he could definitely be a huge threat as a linebacker if he wouldn’t make it in the Association. Besides, his bad temper makes him a dangerous man on and off the court.
Cousins just wouldn’t back down from anybody, not even LeBron James, and his determination to win and tendency to lose focus and overreact would make this beef very likely. So, if LeBron intends to attack the rim with Boogie in town, he’s going to pay the prize for it.
3. Marcin Gortat
You don’t call Marcin Gortat “The Polish Hammer” out of pure grace, as he’s been known to be a hard-nosed player that’s kind and cool but that can definitely go at it if you get into his face or try to bully one of his teammates.
Gortat used to be a boxer and… Well, he’s just a giant human being, and he’s the kind of guy that not just doesn’t fall down to the ground when opponents foul him hard, but that also winds up hurting the guy that tries to stop him out of mere physical advantage.
2. James Johnson
Besides posterizing people and taking flight, James Johnson also enjoys breaking skulls and kicking butts, holding a second-degree black belt in mixed martial arts while also being a perfect 20 and 0 in kickboxing.
So, even though nobody in the Miami Heat organization would be ok with the idea of LeBron being tangled up in the middle of a beef with him, it’s pretty clear that you just can’t mess with a guy that’s also been charged with domestic assault.
1. Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic is known as the Bosnian Beast because of his physical presence and strength, and that’s something that he just carries in his genes, being the son of a 400 pound 7 feet police agent that wasn’t able to play basketball because they didn’t find shoes big enough for a size 22.
See, Nurkic actually got to the league because his agent saw his dad and asked him if he had any sons. Several years later, we’ve seen him impose himself and keep his ground against some of the strongest players in the world, and he could single-handedly definitely take out LeBron and the rest of the Cavs starters with great ease.