Exhibit A — LeBron James Hitting Several Behind-the-Backboard Threes
This clip reminds me of two things, one of which only one other person on Earth will understand but whatever. The two things are as follows: 1) that movie “Wanted” where Angelina Jolie taught the last king of Scotland how to bend bullets with his mind; 2) my dad’s go-to H-O-R-S-E shot where he would stand as far in the corner as possible, aligning his feet in a right angle with the baseline and sideline while shooting over the glass. He didn’t make very many of these, so that leads me to believe LeBron has been selected to join The Fraternity.

Exhibit B — Ivan Johnson Throws a Bullet Pass While Doing the Splits (Kind Of)
The most impressive part of this play is how much zip Ivan Johnson gets on this pass, despite having virtually no leverage or angle to throw it. I mean, if Latrell Sprewell put this much mustard on his passes, he wouldn’t have had to choke P.J. Carlesimo.

It’s a close call for me on this, but I think I’m going with LeBron because of the stunning number of shots he makes from a place you’re not supposed to make shots. Ivan Johnson’s play was in a game, so that’s in his favor, but that was a fluke play whereas LeBron obviously practices shooting from the deep, deep corner, just in case he ever needs to Nick Young a shot at the rim.

No matter what, you’re choosing between two incredible feats of basketball skill, so it’s a no-lose situation. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.

Comments (10)

  1. I have to go with Ivan’s pass because of the hustle, he goes to a knee to avoid the groin pain, and it actually counted. Plus, credit Jenkins for not blowing the layup.

  2. The threes win by a landslide, just try that shot yourself and knock down that many in a row

  3. Wanted reference…. love it. this is why I check your blog everyday. That made me smile.

  4. Johnson avoided what could have easily been a travel and set up a teammate in game. I feel that a great assist beats any pregame warm-up, so I have to vote for Johnson’s dime. If cool shooting displays outside of games meant anything, Jon Brockman would be the greatest shooter in NBA history.

    …plus over-the-backboard shots are my comfort go-to moves in H-O-R-S-E when I’m falling behind, so I’m a bit biased. …and hyphen-heavy.

  5. i am going with the pass at the way…lebron and his three point shooting is not all that impressive at all. i went to phoenix a few years back and Steve Nash was shooting in warm ups and he hit 30 consecutive corner threes in a row…then Nash got bored and he 3 in a row left handed then he started bouncing the ball of his feet like a soccer ball for the rest of the warm up. So really lebron does play basketball 2 to 3 hours every day and he has the best shooting coaches in the world, so i would expect a lot more from the chosen one.

  6. I was watching lebron and was about to choose him on the spot, but the suprise factor in the speed of the pass… that was something. Big Lebron fan, but got to go with the assist. Close though…

  7. Ivan for now, LeBron when that practice leads to him making that shot in a crunch playoff moment. And you know it’s going to happen.

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