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Al Horford Shares A LeBron Playoff Story That Left Him Shook 😱

  • Published on Jun 8, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Our guest this week is NBA veteran for The Boston Celtics, Al Horford. We get into so much with Al and we can't wait to share this episode with you. In this teaser, Al talks about the difficulty of beating LeBron James in the playoffs and he describes his personal experience with it against The Cleveland Cavaliers.
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  • JJ Redick
    JJ Redick  2 months ago +790

    You guys are going to love this one. Al has had a fascinating career and we cover all of it. Full ep drops tomorrow so subscribe if you haven't already. Thanks, everyone!

    • Cho Yen
      Cho Yen 2 months ago +5

      You got me again with your title jj all videos u got that has lebron il click right away 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 love lebron topics so entertaining no wonder media loves bron bron to be their topics cuz viewer like me love to see and hear it #confession 😂😂😂🙌🙌🙌🙌

    • N0bru
      N0bru 2 months ago +5

      why no one mentions EPO? U cant talk about Lebron being unfazed and not mention EPO,lol... No honesty...

    • Sasaki Kojiro
      Sasaki Kojiro 2 months ago +1

      Next up Rodney Hood: got swept by Golden State three consecutive years 😢

    • A One
      A One 2 months ago +1

      Lebron James the Buffalo Bills of Basketball. One of the best Division Winners of all time 🍾🙌🏽

    • Myself Andeye
      Myself Andeye 2 months ago

      JJ heard Chalmers say nobody feared LeBron but they did fear MJ so he puts up this clip. And on top of that this is the best story about LeBron that people can come up with.
      Man you're so sensitive when it comes to your generation and LeBron. Is your manhood or reputation in danger or something? You're just proving all these people right who say this generation is soft.

  • saxamophone76
    saxamophone76 2 months ago +3756

    For every sports broadcaster saying "No one fears Lebron", there's a story like Al Horford's.

    • Tommy Gunn
      Tommy Gunn 2 months ago +483

      Funny the people who say "No one fears Lebron" either never played Lebron, or Lebron beat the brakes off them.

    • ahv
      ahv 2 months ago +159

      @Tommy Gunn yea gil and chalmers tweakin with that take

    • Waiter Joesh
      Waiter Joesh 2 months ago +270

      The entire east was scared of Lebron for 8 years

    • Ryan Kayombya
      Ryan Kayombya 2 months ago +166

      ​@Tommy Gunn Gil looked terrified at the free throw line 😂😂 and like Nick Young said "you was never the same after that"😂

    • Rust consol Chad
      Rust consol Chad 2 months ago +91

      @Tommy Gunn everyone who said no one fears Lebron is faking it 😂 they’re bums who’s opinion hold nuin

  • Aquamelli
    Aquamelli 2 months ago +3802

    2018 LeBron was one of the best I've ever seen.... an absolute beast

    • luis funes
      luis funes 2 months ago +138

      Offensively I agree, dude was unguardable

    • copsshouldntmurderpeople
      copsshouldntmurderpeople 2 months ago +214

      Only thing that stopped him from making that Finals series an actual competition that year is he punched a locker and broke his hand after game 1. Dude was like a freaking machine that playoff run. Made me believe he was the goat after that year.

    • FJO 9
      FJO 9 2 months ago +323

      2018 Bron was the best player I’ve ever seen. Pure dominance in every aspect. LeFadeaway on that Raptors series😂

    • Jasos lty
      Jasos lty 2 months ago +96

      @FJO 9 I always go back and watch the fadeaway compilation from that series, unreal

  • PisToNsSH
    PisToNsSH 2 months ago +3038

    Same thing happened in the 2020 finals. Butler's legs were straight up gone by game 5 and 6. LeBron showed no signs of slowing down at all. Absolute freak.

    • Kevo The Goat
      Kevo The Goat 2 months ago +76

      He had didnt have to carry the lakers in that series

    • QUAWN
      QUAWN 2 months ago +156

      It’s called EPO lol.

    • dani dish
      dani dish 2 months ago +59

      @QUAWN yep erythropoietin and blood doping go crazy

    • Logan Hutchins
      Logan Hutchins 2 months ago +37

      @dani dishu think lebron longevity is due to his access to technology or just freakish athleticism, or both

    • David Chen
      David Chen 2 months ago +194

      @Logan Hutchins Both

  • Come Fast To Get Into My Body
    Come Fast To Get Into My Body 2 months ago +1287

    The comeback to Cleveland was the best Lebron. The things he was doing without his best two teammates out some of the times was crazy

    • Dusk
      Dusk 2 months ago +23

      Frankly, it was unreal. Lebron gave truly insane sports performances.

    • Vsymoh
      Vsymoh 2 months ago +8

      @Winford MI agree with your agreement with him

    • Elijah Spain
      Elijah Spain 2 months ago +12

      I agree with the agreement of the agreement.

    • KimboSliceJr.
      KimboSliceJr. 2 months ago

      Which best two teammates? 😂 Lebron ALWAYS begs for everybody to come help him win. He makes all these phone calls to try to win a championship. All his chips are chipped imo. I don't knock NBA players teaming up, I knock all the whining & begging from one of the greatest to ever pick up a basketball. There's only one Keith Sweat, respectfully!

  • Jackson Parker
    Jackson Parker 2 months ago +634

    Al Horford is super underrated. 36 years old, and on the verge of 15,000 career points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists.

    • Yukon
      Yukon 2 months ago +46

      great player and really continued to develop his game late into his career. Lots of respect for him.

    • YSM Mac
      YSM Mac 2 months ago +8

      i think after last years playoff run ppl know what’s good. he was pretty damn close to outplaying giannis 1-2 games in the bucks series

    • Jackson Parker
      Jackson Parker 2 months ago +8

      @YSM Mac He definitely steps up in the playoffs.

    • YSM Mac
      YSM Mac 2 months ago +12

      @Jackson Parker if there’s anyone on that team that “deserves” a ring, it’s def him

    • Avery Shaw
      Avery Shaw 2 months ago +4

      @Yukon I love aging players who decide to adapt their game rather than let their current game go stagnant and old

  • DoMo LoMo
    DoMo LoMo 2 months ago +464

    Don't worry. You'll hear the stories once he retires. It's always hard to talk about one of your peers in this light while he's still playing because you don't wanna look like a fangirl when he's your competitor, but trust me when James leaves you'll start hearing them.

  • Mikmaks!!!
    Mikmaks!!! 2 months ago +502

    2018 was just the most complete version of Lebron. His outside shots, mid range and 3 was just on point. Driving to the basket. Passing, rebounds... I mean everything a team needs, he gave it. Just so sad that GSW was just so weak that they had to get Durant to win against him.

    • Wyndamn
      Wyndamn 2 months ago +63

      Exactly 💯💯💯 golden state had to do a superhero team up in order to go up against LeBron James and he still put up unbelievable numbers.

    • Tiger Yum Yums
      Tiger Yum Yums 2 months ago +70

      Some players even admitted on GSW that they weren't beating those Cav Squads with Kyrie and Lebron. Such a shame KD went and ruined the league for 4 seaons.

    • shepardice
      shepardice 2 months ago +17

      In terms of skillset yes, but I would say his best overall was his peak in Miami. The crazy thing about his time in Miami is that DWade actually _hurt_ his overall impact numbers a bit because they played similarly, and LeBron was more efficient when he was the sole offensive creator. He was also a much better defender in Miami.

    • King Kev
      King Kev 2 months ago +9


    • Wyndamn
      Wyndamn 2 months ago +14

      @Tiger Yum Yums yeah Andre igoudala and Draymond green have both said that, more people need to give LeBron James his flowers while he's still playing.

  • TimeBucks
    TimeBucks 2 months ago +973

    Al seems like a really chill guy

  • Ahjusshi _Brown
    Ahjusshi _Brown 2 months ago +465

    I truly can’t wait for a Lebron documentary. I need all the stories and all the insight. I wanna be able to see Bron through the eyes of his peers/competitors the way we got to with Jordan w the Last Dance (which was eye opening for me as a 19 year old at the time)
    I’m greatful for mediums like this podcast that allows me to get a glimpse into it like this. Thanks JJ.

    • Ike.O
      Ike.O 2 months ago +7

      Me too Brah!

    • alex marques
      alex marques 2 months ago +2

      There’s a movie about him coming out soon not documentary though

    • Myles
      Myles 2 months ago +4

      @alex marques Ye, I think it’s just another SVSM reenaction.

    • si lewis
      si lewis 2 months ago +4

      Its not a documentary on his career but there's a great Bill Simmons podcast with Jared Dudley that has great insights into their bubble win. Road Trippin has a two part podcast about that period too. I learned a lot.
      Documentaries on this sort of stuff bend the truth or leave out details to create a certain story.

    • Steven Koudanis
      Steven Koudanis 2 months ago

      Ehhh we are watching it play out I doubt it would be that exciting

  • Alex
    Alex 2 months ago +413

    his second tour in Cleveland was otherworldy. just absolutely fascinating how good he was

    • R Y.
      R Y. 2 months ago +21

      His 2018 version deserved a better roaster. Had he had a great team like Houston was that year with lebron , he would have had 5 rings by now.

    • Brian Crum
      Brian Crum 2 months ago +13

      2012 and 2013 is Peak Lebron. He bulked up, became a tank and still had 90% of the vertical and speed he had in his first Cleveland stint. Plus that version of Lebron played within a system and fits on any team.
      Over these 2 years, he was:
      - The best all around offensive player/most efficient high volume scorer in the NBA (27 PPG 7 APG on 64.5% TS)
      - Great mid range shooter
      - 80% finisher at the rim
      - Best transition player ever
      - 42.7% on Catch and Shoot 3s (38.5% from 3 overall)
      - Guarding 1-5 at a high level
      - Best help defender in the NBA

    • Dawit Belay
      Dawit Belay 2 months ago +4

      It’s called drugs brother, steroids can make you become a monster athlete

    • Novitzki
      Novitzki  2 months ago +1

      @Dawit Belay 😂

    • FreedomFighter2112
      FreedomFighter2112 2 months ago +2

      When it mattered most...Most game-winners of All-Time:
      #1) Kobe = 26
      #2) Jordan = 25
      #3) LeBron = 19
      #3) Dirk = 19
      #5) Bird = 18
      ...several others
      #17) Curry = 8

  • ASP
    ASP 2 months ago +47

    Lebrons game 7 against Boston is probably the most underrated performance in the history of this league. That And 1 goal tend where the defender intentionally jumped on Lebrons back and he carried him through the whole thing was the most superhuman play I’ve ever seen in my life.

    • It annoys me
      It annoys me 2 months ago +5

      Underrated is the most overrated word on Clip-Share.

  • PCP213
    PCP213 2 months ago +48

    I don't understand why more people don't acknowledge 2016 as the highest peak of all time. He literally beat the most winning team in NBA history (73-9 Warriors) while leading BOTH TEAMS in Scoring, rebounding, assist, steals and blocks. No player in NBA history has ever done that in the Finals. GOAT.

    • Tommy Fu
      Tommy Fu Month ago +5

      He also won 2 games in the 2015 finals vs that same warriors team with Mathew delladova as their second best player

  • OldHenry Lee
    OldHenry Lee 2 months ago +353

    Big Al is the man. ... Very much grateful that the Celtics went & got him back on the squad.
    Such a great player & leader. ... Wish him all the best for the rest of his basketball career, & throughout his life

    • Q
      Q 2 months ago +2

      He should've never left. 2 years wasted in OKC.

    • X J
      X J 2 months ago +11

      @Q he got payed tho🤑you can’t blame him for leaving.

    • WTFx
      WTFx 2 months ago +2

      Horford is a huge part of Bostons success. Honestly it was like a totally different team when he was gone

    • Civil War was an inside job
      Civil War was an inside job 2 months ago

      ​@m_w501 in fairness he thought he'd be playing those years competing for a title with Embiid. He couldn't predict Ben Simmons.

    • Ritsu Boii
      Ritsu Boii 2 months ago

      ​@Civil War was an inside job i know ben simmons is sht but it is more of an embiid fit than a ben simmons fit. Their defense just doesnt mesh, al is too slow to be a 4

  • Michael Hines
    Michael Hines 2 months ago +1067

    When LeBron's documentary comes out after retirement, people will finally realize why he's the greatest of all time. 💯

    • Georgi Hristov
      Georgi Hristov 2 months ago +21

      Make a 100 documentaries, numbers don't lie 😎

    • Six
      Six 2 months ago +53

      @Georgi Hristov yes they do. Numbers without context definitely lie. Like Robert Horry with all rings isn’t even a top 200 player.

    • RealParadox85
      RealParadox85 2 months ago +7

      sure, if Championships don't count, if forming super teams is fine, then i guess KD also top 4 then and would deserve a documentary

    • Mvp
      Mvp 2 months ago +2

      @Sixmore mvps more scoring titles more dpoys more rings more all nba less hof teammates

    • Raymond Sims
      Raymond Sims 2 months ago +14

      @Georgi Hristov lebron James has all the numbers😂😂🤷‍♂️

  • messie mbayabo
    messie mbayabo 2 months ago +829

    A podcast with Giannis would be funny af😂

    • JJ Redick
      JJ Redick  2 months ago +441


    • Anime Client
      Anime Client 2 months ago +105

      @JJ Redick get him on the show but I speak for everyone when I say we want kawhi!

    • Justoo
      Justoo 2 months ago +10

      @Anime Client no you don’t

    • RealParadox85
      RealParadox85 2 months ago +6

      no it wouldn't, he is corny af.

    • Dhafian Suhartono
      Dhafian Suhartono 2 months ago +37

      ​@RealParadox85 nah i enjoy him a lot more than guys acting tough

    ITACHI 2 months ago +77

    JJ's transition from player to analyst and podcaster is just amazing to watch, kudos on the success my friend.

  • Nate Bush
    Nate Bush 2 months ago +329

    Brons play during that 2nd run in Cleveland in the finals where he was avg like 30+ 15 and 12 for the finals like 3 yrs in a row was crazy af

    • Darius Williams
      Darius Williams 2 months ago +42

      KD ruined what would've been a great rivalry between Steph and Bron.

    • Matt Garcia
      Matt Garcia 2 months ago +7

      And people still disrespect his game

    • Sportstalkonly
      Sportstalkonly 2 months ago +16

      And people still be like "6 finals losses." Like yea he got 6 finals losses but most of those losses he played good enough to win

    • Joe Chucks
      Joe Chucks 2 months ago +21

      @Sportstalkonly yep without KD ruining the rivalry and Wade knees not messing up Lebron would have about 7 rings now. Only series he was trash in was 2011

    • TyDye238
      TyDye238 2 months ago +11

      @Joe Chucks Even for the most fierce Lebron hater (I used to be in this camp and gloried in his downfall of that 2011 Finals) this is the most realistic take.

  • Jeremy King
    Jeremy King 2 months ago +41

    It's crazy, Al has been playing for so long, such a mature and wise dude... I think of him as an "old man," but he's literally a few months younger than me. What a great guy, he's been an important player in this league for a long time, really knows how to lead guys by example.

    • Darius Williams
      Darius Williams 2 months ago +5

      Still remember the Gators teams wit him and Joakim Noah 😂😂

  • Splash.30
    Splash.30 2 months ago +484

    As a viewer, if I had to pinpoint one year, I thought 2018 Lebron was peak Lebron individually. Not peak athletically, as I think the period horf references would be his athletic peak, but peak as a basketball player. That 2018 year with the team he had to drag them to the finals + that game 1 against the warriors. That was the best Lebron I had ever seen.

    • ExpectToxicity -
      ExpectToxicity - 2 months ago +6

      I agree

    • alex marques
      alex marques 2 months ago +12

      If his defense was like what it was Miami I’d agree

    • conch .
      conch . 2 months ago +8

      That Cavs team was not that bad and he didn’t “drag” them. Kyle Korver is one of the all time great shooters, they had Kevin Love, they had Wade, Isaiah Thomas, and Derrick Rose at one point, got back Rodney Hood and George Hill too, JR Smith was PRAISED in 2015 for his shot making in the absence of Kyrie and Kevin, etc. They still had Tristan Thompson playing at a very high level. Bron said “we got a squad now” and they were definitely the best team in the East since Kyrie was injured and Giannis hadn’t arrived in the league yet. They traded away a superstar and we’re heavily compensated, that team wasn’t bad. A bad team that made the finals is the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers. Do some research, that 2018 LeBron was getting all the favorable calls in those series and barely beat the Pacers and Baby Celtics in 7 games. That’s the best you’ve seen? A guy losing 3 games to significantly less talented teams in each round?

    • Ahmed Burks
      Ahmed Burks 2 months ago +74

      @conch . its been 4 years since that season how many of his teammates are still getting minutes in the league let alone starting? Go look at the shooting splits and stats of his teammates… his best teammate on the playoff run was jae crowder and jeff green lol spoken like a true bron hater

    • alex marques
      alex marques 2 months ago +19

      @conch . in 2018 they got a completely flipped roster mid season

  • Johnny Nguyen
    Johnny Nguyen 2 months ago +199

    Man, JJ. I hope you guys get LBJ one day on the podcast. Would definitely love to hear that

    • Cho Yen
      Cho Yen 2 months ago +8

      Facts im waiting for that , that would be sooooooo 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    • Khai McMillan
      Khai McMillan 2 months ago +4

      That would be amazing

    • Black
      Black 2 months ago +7

      Only if he keep it real and speak openly and truthful.

    • frank1027
      frank1027 2 months ago +1

      Man has his own media company, Spring hill Media, man is going on nobody's podcast.👍👍👍😊😊😊

    • Charles Cole
      Charles Cole 2 months ago

      ​@frank-ko6de lol yeah I believe that 🤴🏾 👑 🐐

  • Christopher D.
    Christopher D. 2 months ago +274

    “Nobody feared Lebron” is the cutest quote I’ve ever heard. Such a bad take.

    • James Lopez
      James Lopez 2 months ago +5

      Man faxts ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️

    • Mr Kay
      Mr Kay 2 months ago +2

      I know right, isn’t that stupid?

    • bigcockedman714
      bigcockedman714 2 months ago +1

      maybe in the east..

    • Christopher D.
      Christopher D. 2 months ago +27

      @bigcockedman714 Greatest Regular season team believes they needed the 3rd best player in league to win more championships. If they they confident to run it back like the 2013 Spurs, they would’ve. That sounds scary to me 😴

    • Brandon Hoover
      Brandon Hoover 2 months ago +3

      @Christopher D. I’d say Kevin was second best behind LeBron.

  • Nicklas Poulsen
    Nicklas Poulsen 2 months ago +10

    2018 LBJ playoff run was so intense. The pacers series with Oladipo taking him to game 7. To LeBronto taking over and then the Celtic series. What a run beating 3 hard teams in the East was no east accomplishment

  • Cherif Dia
    Cherif Dia 2 months ago +309

    2018 Lebron was the most dominant player I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. He was a created character that year.

    • Mike Vee
      Mike Vee 2 months ago +27

      He looked like a man playing against college kids which is crazy. Complete control of the game.

      BILLY DA KID 2 months ago +1

      For we all know he's cloned duh!!!
      NBA is RIGGED.

    • Darius Williams
      Darius Williams 2 months ago +12

      2016-2018 Bron still had some of prime Bron speed and quickness but his Intelligence and experience elevated him to another lvl

    • Brendan Bloom
      Brendan Bloom 2 months ago +1

      @Mike Vee he literally was playing against college kids in that Boston series.

    • THE DON
      THE DON 2 months ago +3

      @Curry not dominant in size but in the game as a whole. Points, rebounds, assists, blocks, etc. he was doing it all

  • Alcor
    Alcor 2 months ago +9

    it’s INSANE how this was the first season i started watching the NBA from the start of the season all the way up to the Finals. I’m just lucky that i was part of the group that got to witness this every night. A dude absolutely carrying a team to the finals one buzzer beater after the next. And then game 1 of the Finals happened, a classic moment in NBA history.

  • Earvin M
    Earvin M 2 months ago +176

    2018 was greatest run by an individual player imo so many memorable moments

    • RealParadox85
      RealParadox85 2 months ago +3

      Kawhi Raptors run better

    • Dragens Gaming
      Dragens Gaming 2 months ago +8

      @RealParadox85 siakan , vanvleet ,ibaka , gazol ,the other one i dont have to tell u but lebron was lebron with love and other players

    • Rossiter MadeMe
      Rossiter MadeMe 2 months ago

      ​@RealParadox85 no!!!!

    • shepardice
      shepardice 2 months ago +12

      @RealParadox85 Absolutely not lol. Don't get me wrong Kawhi was fantastic, but LeBron scored more, assisted more, rebounded just as much on equal efficiency. He did it with a much worse team too. Imagine LeBron on that Raptors team lmao

    • richard matthews
      richard matthews 2 months ago +8

      @Dragens Gaming I wouldn’t even mention K love he avg the 12ppg throughout that entire run lol I remember it went
      LBJ 32PPG
      KLOVE 11ppg
      Everyone else 10ppg or less

    IBEJAMMIN 2 months ago +56

    I learned this in the 2016 finals. Picking against Lebron in a game 7 is foolishness.

    • Dusk
      Dusk 2 months ago +1

      He topped that with the domineering performance in the majority of the usual other Playoffs series too. And by usually playing every minute too.

  • Appie
    Appie 2 months ago +14

    2018 LeBron is the best player I’ve ever seen. The fact he took that team to the Finals is beyond impressive.

    • Ernest Muric
      Ernest Muric 2 months ago

      Why won't anyone talk about how DIRK outplayed a GOAT who had prime WADE ,BOSH. That's greater than anything LeBrons has ever done.😮

    • Appie
      Appie 2 months ago

      @Ernest Muric I ain’t talking about that series against the Mavs. LeBron did not play a good series, that’s true. But if you think that Dirk ‘outplaying’ LeBron in that series was greater job than LeBron carrying that Cavs team to the Finals while averaging 33 and playing 45 minutes, you are out of your damn mind.

    • Ken Len
      Ken Len 2 months ago

      Agreed. I've never seen anything like it and I have nothing against Michael or anyone else. It was just unbelievable to see the all round game, control and clutch plays. Even if he taken some defensive plays off, I remember specific games were he was constantly yelling to his team mates the plays the opposition were running and how to beat them throughout the games. I have to watch it all again to truly grasp it all.

    • Alex Dejack
      Alex Dejack 2 months ago

      ​@Ernest Muric that was a great Mavericks team they had all the pieces. A star scorer in Dirk, Dpoy in chandler, a veteran Point guard in Jason kid and a deep bench with a combination of wing defenders and shooters. That team had that 04 pistons vibe to them as far as chemistry goes. They beat the defending champion Lakers, Durant Westbrook and Harden Thunder, and the Big 3 in Miami. That was a really good Mavericks team.

  • A1JAY1
    A1JAY1 2 months ago +153

    Lebron stories are always the best

    • Raymond Sims
      Raymond Sims 2 months ago +8

      Lebron James hater-“thEre arE no CoOl stoRies abOut Lebron JaMES”😂

  • Kai Streets Visuals
    Kai Streets Visuals 2 months ago +47

    This is LeBron’s Killer Instinct! People get caught up in MJ and Kobe trying to outscore and embarrass their opponents. LeBron is heady, he manipulates defenses and is a coaching staffs nightmare. He’s out smarting teams and is more prepared mentally and physically. That’s killer also. It just looks different when you play team basketball.

    • Gregory Harlston
      Gregory Harlston 2 months ago +5

      Yeah but MJ was mentally outthinking his opponents too. Ask John Stockton, the all-time assist and steals leader. Two Finals in a row, MJ out IQed Stockton. MJ knew Stockton like to cheat off of his man to double team MJ. So, during a timeout, MJ told Steve Kerr, who Stockton was guarding, to be ready for an open jumper! And as MJ predicted, Stockton left Kerr wide open, MJ passed it to Kerr, who swished it and the Bulls beat Jazz. In the next year's final, MJ lurked in lane while Stockton was too eager to get the ball to Karl Malone. Karl never knew MJ was behind him but Stockton should have! MJ strips Karl and goes down and hits the winning bucket. Stockton and Jazz were out IQed again! When MJ came into the league, he was outjumping everybody. When he left the league, he was outthinking everybody! Lebron is one of the greatest basketball players I've ever seen but MJ was the greatest!

    • Kai Streets Visuals
      Kai Streets Visuals 2 months ago +14

      @Gregory Harlston I saw it live so I get it brotha. MJ is my other GOAT for a reason. I’m just saying that LeBron came in to the league with that mindset. MJ and Kobe had to learn how to trust their teammates and that took a lot of years. That’s their path though, it doesn’t take away from their greatness. I’m solely talking about this “Killer Instinct” that some say LeBron doesn’t have just because it looks different than there’s.

    • Raymond Sims
      Raymond Sims 2 months ago +3

      @Kai Streets Visuals I agree with everything you said lad!!💯

    • victor dela Cruz
      victor dela Cruz 2 months ago +1


    • Ghost 2000
      Ghost 2000 2 months ago +2

      The funny thing lebron was a full package. There games he would play like magic manipulating the defense and setting up his players to make easy baskets....and they're times he would score like Jordan and Kobe lol the dude is Jordan, Kobe and magic all in one.

  • BB13131313
    BB13131313 2 months ago +93

    2018 LeBron was him at his best IMO.. and Horford is really good, I never feared him when he was in Atlanta, but he scares me as Celtic.. it feels like he literally never misses a 3 when he plays the Cavs lol.. I definitely respect his game..

    • ill_will23
      ill_will23 2 months ago

      Man yall got our number this year tho. Would love to see a cavs-celtics series in the playoffs this season

    • BB13131313
      BB13131313 2 months ago

      @ill_will23 I think Cavs and Celtics are basically equal talent wise but Celtics have much more playoff experience which is huge.. I don't think either team was ever fully healthy whenever they played this season..

    • Rick Sanchez
      Rick Sanchez 2 months ago

      @BB13131313 😂😂😂😂 yeah nice try there not. Celtics are jus playing terrible right now but they not close. Cleveland hasn’t even gone to the second round since lebron. They not close in talent at all.

    • BB13131313
      BB13131313 2 months ago

      @Rick Sanchez Donovan and Tatum are equal.. Brown and Garland are equal.. Mobley and Allen are equal to whatever two you want to mention.. LeVert is currently playing his best ball of the season.. Cleveland matches up well with Boston.. now Boston probably has a deeper bench.. but like I said Boston has a lot more playoff experience which is obviously huge..

    • Rick Sanchez
      Rick Sanchez 2 months ago

      @BB13131313 brown and Tatum are much more valuable to the league there better. Tatum is too 5 and brown is top 10 sorry that is the worst take I heard all year. Garland is a legit the tenth best guard in the league maybe worse. Let alone player 😂😂😂🤡

  • LakersDynasty42
    LakersDynasty42 2 months ago +24

    LeBron's 2009 playoff run doesn't get mentioned enough. He was at his peak athletically and was also an elite defender.

    • Geordie Jones
      Geordie Jones 2 months ago +4

      He broke the advanced stat sheet that year and even losing in CF he put up 38/8/8. His run from 09-18 in the playoffs is just godly.

    • Swae5ive
      Swae5ive 2 months ago +1

      I think that 2009 Lebron was the best lebron

    • Geordie Jones
      Geordie Jones 2 months ago +1

      @Swae5ive i feel the same way about 89 Jordan. They hadnt won a title yet but they were just head and shoulders above everyone else maybe ever. Also their first title years in 12/91 were also legendary

  • bayo daman
    bayo daman 2 months ago +50

    2018 Bron was the best player I've ever seen. That man had the game figured out.

  • ajsabat
    ajsabat 2 months ago +1

    I was at that hawks vs wizards game and I saw that game winner by Al. What a great rebound! I remember like two or three guys hitting the floor as Al came flying in for the board. It was an incredible moment as a fan! Great to hear him say that was a big moment for him, it sure felt like it at the time when the crowd exploded with cheers!

  • anodyne57
    anodyne57 2 months ago +3

    One of my favorite players since being a main cog in the Gators' twin championships. Lifts the level of every team he's on, far more than most players, and definitely more than most fans would even recognize. Would have loved to have seen him with the Warriors during their last few big man-poor years. A mobile big guy would have fit right in and would shore up a lot of their weaknesses.

  • datboi Jan
    datboi Jan 2 months ago +7

    2018 Lebron was unbelievable. an offensive firepower. unguardable, and clutch as hell. unfortunately had to meet its end when they ran to a better team in the finals.

  • Matt has a Hand
    Matt has a Hand Month ago +5

    'is there a peak LeBron?' definitely 2013. Dude average 27 8 and 6, 2 steals and a block, could guard every position, the best ever in the fast break, 56.5% from the field, and 40.6% from 3, elite IQ ofc, and he was at his heaviest at that point without sacrificing speed or cardio, he started posting up more, etc. Dude had absolutely everything. The best basketball peak ever.

  • Stixinator1
    Stixinator1 2 months ago +1

    That 2018 season was insane. Watching him that season cemented him at being top 2 of all time for me.

  • Michael Kogut
    Michael Kogut 2 months ago

    You guys do such an amazing job at bringing on amazing interviewees, I’m always so enthralled with learning about these various NBA players that may not usually get this kind of time to showcase their personality, knowledge, experience etc etc

  • Kaleb Bell
    Kaleb Bell 27 days ago

    Man I just knew he was gonna say the game winner against the Wizards was his favorite moment. Easily one of my favorite playoff moments as a hawks fan

  • Siyabonga Kunene
    Siyabonga Kunene 2 months ago +4

    I agree with Al's take on LBJ's peak. That last two years with the Heat and first two years back in Cleveland, dude was a juggernaut. The combination of pace, power and skill was too much to handle.

  • Thomas Rogers
    Thomas Rogers 2 months ago +7

    That Wizards game was SO meaningful to myself and, I believe, the Atlanta fanbase. I'm glad Al considers it his favorite too!! I will always cheer for big Al wherever he suits up

  • Navakash Gill
    Navakash Gill 2 months ago +20

    IMO peak Lebron James was found from 2017-2018. He figured some stuff out with his size and athleticism and combined that new strength with a polished offensive arsenal including insane post moves. He also had enough stamina to still be a be a effective defender. That guy was insane!

    • MrCoolGuy
      MrCoolGuy 2 months ago

      EPOs a hell of a drug. I’m all for giving greats their “flowers,” but you can’t not think about if all of the other players, with or against him, took/take the exogenous substances that he takes, would he still be that good? Just a thought experiment. If it turns out that most or all nba players take what lebron takes, then for sure, he’s the best. Until clarity is provided, which will likely never happen, I can’t take his accomplishments seriously. I know many others who think the same.

    • Aryan R
      Aryan R 2 months ago

      @MrCoolGuy Poda vannaathi punda vaaya 🤣🤣🤣poi ungamma sootha nakku

    • Tyler Campbell
      Tyler Campbell 2 months ago +4

      ​@MrCoolGuy Where are you getting this PED idea from?

    • FreedomFighter2112
      FreedomFighter2112 2 months ago

      In the past 50 years, here are the highest Total Career Avg Stat Points (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK)
      #1) Jordan = 44.7
      #2) LeBron = 44.4
      #3) Bird = 43.1
      Curry is #31 with 37.5
      That's just to put things into to perspective

  • kostas kostis
    kostas kostis 2 months ago +3

    The 7 games with the Bucks were indeed the best games of last year..... We want more of that please!!! And JJ you have to bring Giannis at the podcast bro... You are one of the very few that actually shows him the respect that he deserves!!

  • keLvinator
    keLvinator 2 months ago +5

    Big respect to Al always. Very humble man.

  • Tales From The Trip!
    Tales From The Trip! 2 months ago +1

    I remember watching that Game 7 and the Q on the Jumbotron with a full crowd and watching the last few minutes was some of my favorite times as a Cavs fan. My heart was racing through that whole game, but the Cavs players were making all of their shots and LeBron straight up took over and once he got that and-one and beat his chest to the Celtic crowd. I knew I was witnessing one of the best, all-time playoff performances ever. Also it made it so much better it was against the Celtics because of Kyrie leaving us. I know he didn’t play, but that angered all of us. I also remember when Jayson Tatum dunked on LeBron, the whole crowd at the Q was all in unison going “OOO” haha, but luckily we got the upper hand and then got destroyed by the Warriors lol.

  • Nicholas Napolitano
    Nicholas Napolitano 2 months ago +5

    Al Horford seems like a great dude. He looks like he could play at least a couple more years if not more. As long as he's tall and can hit 3s he'll have a role. That said I cant wait to see what he does after he's done playing.

  • Oliver Hollins
    Oliver Hollins 29 days ago

    And this is why AL is still in the league! Dude is so smart , wise , articulate , and take cares of himself! Never hear any drama with this dude and has worked on his game over the years and will knocked down big shots

  • Lu
    Lu 2 months ago +3

    Horford playing his heart out! One of the few veterans that actually BALLING!

  • Amal John
    Amal John 2 months ago +4

    That peak Lebron question is a great one. I think he is one of the very few athletes who have had multiple peaks. His ability to adapt is amazing.

  • Alexander Alvarez
    Alexander Alvarez 2 months ago +1

    2018 overall playoffs and finals Bron wa something especial that we haven't 👀 in decades. The whole performance was unbelievable. He should win the MVP for that regular season as well.
    Imagine down 0-2 tied the series and then win games 6 and 7. I think he scored 44 n 34 dominanting.
    Glad Al is talking about this 🇩🇴

  • Free Wunna
    Free Wunna 2 months ago +10

    Man Al horford was a pivotal part of my childhood. Him on that hawks team with Joe Johnson and Josh smith zaza. The time Mike Bibby was there omg wat a time

  • Son Joseph
    Son Joseph 2 months ago +10

    19-20 LAbron including the bubble is my pick for best version. '18 Cavs Bron is special too but something about his energy when he first got to the Lakers is so entertaining. I think he was just coming out of his prime athletically but he still looked like he could run all day, jump out of the gym, you were never afraid he would get injured, and his finesse game took on this Showtime-esque shine.

  • Nunya Bidness
    Nunya Bidness 2 months ago +5

    Al Horford is so underrated! He is so good. Always wanted him on my team when i saw him play

  • Tiger Yum Yums
    Tiger Yum Yums 2 months ago +9

    I have been watching the NBA since 94'. 17-18' Lebron was the best player I have ever seen. Followed by 95-96' Jordan, 20-21' Giannis and 05-06' Kobe. Those years to me, were the best players I have ever witnessed at one time or another.

    • Waqas Ahmad
      Waqas Ahmad 2 months ago +1

      I suggest you research 91 MJ. Ik you didn't watch him back then but 96 mj wasn't mjs best version

  • Alex Tewnion
    Alex Tewnion 2 months ago

    Al a class act. Loved his answers and insights into the game.

  • BronIs TheGoat
    BronIs TheGoat 2 months ago

    My god Redick is so refreshing. Someone who isn’t on the bias/hate train, is actually objective, and extremely knowledgeable with his understanding of the game. Wish there were more just like him.

  • Ron F
    Ron F 2 months ago +1

    As a Knicks fan, Al seems like a wholesome guy. JJ and Tommy always showing a different side of these athletes.

  • hitmanjenkins
    hitmanjenkins 2 months ago +94

    Those LeThanos memes in 2018 was crazy he was getting those infinity stones until his own teammate had to stop him 😂

    • Gotworc
      Gotworc 2 months ago +17

      Yeah dude fr. The warriors had to assemble the avengers and his own teammates to stop him haha

    • Gmnoah0117
      Gmnoah0117 2 months ago +1


    • RiCH YuNG
      RiCH YuNG 2 months ago

      100% factz🐐

    • Caleb Hutana-Chatfield
      Caleb Hutana-Chatfield 2 months ago

      @Gotworc 😂😂😂😂

    • Rodney Ang
      Rodney Ang Month ago

      oh i forgot that memes, LeThanos

  • redbird saraceno
    redbird saraceno 2 months ago +1

    Melo told a story about him and Bron and friends on a boat somewhere nice the Caribbean or Italian coast or something where Melo was getting pulled out by a strong current while swimming and had to yell for help cause he couldn’t fight it so Bron jump in after him and just dragged him back to the boat with one arm . Bron is a severely strong athletic dude naturally and even more with his extreme workout regimen.

  • bplayerr1
    bplayerr1 2 months ago +2

    2012-2013 LBJ in Miami with 57 FG, the heat went on a 27 game winning streak, en route to a 2-peat (maybe not the best but my fave)

  • don ham
    don ham 2 months ago

    Man jj you might have the best basketball podcast man. Also shows the amount of respect and pull you had and still have around the league to get these guys to come on your show and be completely comfortable with telling you this stuff. Impressive. Especially since being a white American nba player you’re pretty much an outlier and more rare than the average nba player and to be able to gain the type of respect you have should not go unnoticed

  • Teal Square
    Teal Square 2 months ago +1

    I think we are about to enter a phase where LeBron just shoots crazy fade aways and threes, and that is a terrifying prospect.

  • L & M Chris
    L & M Chris 2 months ago +4

    Those years in Miami was peak LeBron! That man was on another level and knocking down the 3 at a higher percentage. Very scary!

  • Christopher Liu
    Christopher Liu 2 months ago

    Al keeps developing his game and it’s no wonder he’s still playing a key role at this age

  • Matt Stanley
    Matt Stanley 2 months ago +2

    lifetime hawks fan here. nothing but respect for big al! will always be a legend

  • Conn Money
    Conn Money 2 months ago

    I agree with those years. 2016 watching him against the Raptors was crazy, the Raptors facial expressions were sad to watch. He was hitting shots behind the basket, fade aways, everything was falling.

  • Hey Arnold
    Hey Arnold 2 months ago

    Man watching him dominate my heat in 2020 is still heart wrenching I still feel like a healthy dragic and bam with Jimmy would have taken it to game 7

    • Deon Jae
      Deon Jae 2 months ago +1

      Definitely could’ve went to 7 games, that game 6 Miami was just tapped out and they clamped down.

  • RawLow_Wingate
    RawLow_Wingate 2 months ago

    I was at that game when Al hit the buzzer beater on the wizards. That 2015 season was something!

  • A. Dex
    A. Dex 2 months ago

    Man bron gave everything he had in that final year with the cavs we always talked about his 2018 playoffs but many forget he played a full 82 games that regular season… considering his usage rate that is just as incredible as his playoffs run

  • micah b
    micah b 2 months ago +11

    Been a big al horford since his Florida days! Man deserves all the respect

  • New Pick Ups Store
    New Pick Ups Store 2 months ago +1

    AH always seemed like a solid dude! Good stuff 🔥🔥🔥

  • Mizo
    Mizo 2 months ago +10

    Al seems like a really chill guy. Always found him to be very likable.

  • Steve Wise
    Steve Wise Month ago

    Al is a true professional and still playing incredible. Players play, though many love the NBA lifestyle more than the game.

  • Calvin Chambers
    Calvin Chambers 2 months ago

    Love this story. Al Horford's comment at ~2:10 was the most impressive about LeBron "...And, to me, that was disturbing". I think LeBron's the GOAT, but I respect anyone's opinion who says it was MJ or Kareem. Either way, LeBron's incredible. He has done, and will likely continue to do, what no players have done before.

  • Kevin Mao
    Kevin Mao 2 months ago +1

    Oh man I remember that game 5 against Washington. Pierce hit a shot in the prior possession, calling it series but big AL stepped up with a huge shot. Then they went to DC and got the job done

  • mrmacross
    mrmacross 2 months ago +5

    2018 is the last "quintessential" LeBron season. It was his only season he played every game, heled the league in minutes played and minutes-per game, and of course he carried the Cavs to the Finals after Kyrie's mutiny and the failure to replace him with an impact player. Ever since then, we've had "load-managed" LeBron, a guy who's great (offensively) when he actually plays but sits large stretches of the season for rest and injuries. I honestly feel like the 2018 season shaved years off his career, which is somewhat amazing considering he's still going strong at his age.

    • Hottiewoo
      Hottiewoo 2 months ago +1

      Lol bron is almost 40 yrs old of course he needs load management especially if he has to carry these guys on his back 😩

  • Spencer Cornelia
    Spencer Cornelia 2 months ago

    I love this channel because people can actually talk sports without the sensational BS you see from major news outlets. and the followers of former athletes like McAfee and Redick have way more nuanced perspectives on the sports they discuss

  • KB13
    KB13 2 months ago +1

    Much respect to Horford. As a OSU Buckeye fan that watch that Florida team crush us in the Natty. I took much delight in the Cavs beating him and Joachim in the playoffs each year. ;)

  • BmoreCareful
    BmoreCareful Month ago

    I think Al is one of the most respected dudes in the nba.. I have always liked him, especially when he was in Boston

  • AJ M.
    AJ M. 2 months ago +2

    Always Respected Al's Game & Character - Solid Dude

  • CazaOD
    CazaOD 2 months ago +10

    This is two handsome men my GOD!
    Also, have to agree. '13, '14', '15 and '16 Lebron. There is no other like it. The league was going through a big change with style as the GSW dynasty started to come to the fore and you saw those big runs become more and more popular. Lebron managed to weather that storm and win in 13 and again in 16. Both times if he isn't at his absolute best, those teams have no chance.

    • mikemarc92
      mikemarc92 2 months ago +2

      2018 was the most complete nba player of all time.

    • Dusk
      Dusk 2 months ago

      ​@mikemarc92 Spot on, just straight up playing and controlling everything on the floor.

  • Ty PG
    Ty PG 2 months ago

    I always wanted Horford to play with LeBron for a year after all the defeats. I also think compliments LeBron’s game well.

  • howard andrews
    howard andrews 2 months ago +1

    Big AL. one hell of an all-around player, but an even better man, and person. I tip my hat to you brother.

  • Ansøn Wang
    Ansøn Wang 2 months ago +15

    loving all these lebron questions, i think its important to celebrate and appreciate greatness while its still around!

    • FreedomFighter2112
      FreedomFighter2112 2 months ago

      In the past 50 years, here are the highest Total Career Avg Stat Points (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK)
      #1) Jordan = 44.7
      #2) LeBron = 44.4
      #3) Bird = 43.1
      Curry is #31 with 37.5
      That's just to put things into to perspective

  • Roddy Boethius
    Roddy Boethius 2 months ago +1

    Horford is a class act. Respect

  • Chase Hazzard
    Chase Hazzard 2 months ago +7

    Can’t wait to see this one, as a Boston fan can we get a Jaylen Brown episode?

  • ociv delos
    ociv delos 2 months ago

    you should interview the greats as well that were heart broken during MJ's career.

  • Sinan Tuna
    Sinan Tuna 2 months ago +1

    Big Al one of my favorite players. Such a great leader and player

  • BishopX
    BishopX Month ago

    I am 45, the most scary player I have ever watched was Lebron the last season in Miami. I saw Jordan, and pre injury Grant Hill their entire careers also, and that 1 year from Lebron was just scary good.

    FOREVRMORE 2 months ago +1

    BIG AL always keeping it real !

  • Matthew Winterle
    Matthew Winterle 2 months ago

    Completely agree with Al on when Lebron was at his absolute peak as a player🙌🏼

  • OGRondo
    OGRondo 2 months ago +29

    Shout out Al can't wait for the full episode to drop GO CELTICS☘️☘️

    • Ok
      Ok 2 months ago +1

      W name

    • OGRondo
      OGRondo 2 months ago +1

      @Ok My man!

  • John Curry
    John Curry 2 months ago

    What A Career All Time Scorer Also. BEAST.

  • Michael A
    Michael A 2 months ago +1

    2018 bron is the best lebron to me. That was the first time I really got chills watching him play throughout.

  • Robert Sackey
    Robert Sackey 2 months ago

    JJ Redick, one of the very best NBA analysts to listen to!

  • Shaun D
    Shaun D 2 months ago

    2017 Lebron was, hands down, probably his most insane season. He carried the Cavs to the finals by any means necessary

  • raja
    raja 2 months ago +6

    In 2020 NBA finals game 5 Lebron & Jimmy Butler going at each other. Bron 40 7 13 Jimmy 35 11 12 in the final shot Bron tries going to basket 4 players surrounded, so he found Danny Green wide open he missed. on game 6 Jimmy was not the same Jimmy in game 5, he was exhausted, his stats 12 8 7 but Bron 28 10 14 he was still menace. If it wasn't for Solmon Hill Bron Collison injury in Atlanta he would still be a beast. After that injury he couldn't go back to that level.

    • Ken Len
      Ken Len 2 months ago

      Still a beast. Just not the same beast.

  • antho
    antho 2 months ago

    Love hearing the Lebron playoff series. Players will always share the realest stories with utmost respect, meanwhile where those lurkin haters at ???

  • The Real Danny Mullen
    The Real Danny Mullen 2 months ago

    I am not a Bron fan, but I LOVE the thumbnail. Seeing a human body that could just wreck people if they wanted too is always fascinating to me.