Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

LeBron says Kawhi is the best at defending him

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LeBron James is hard to guard.

While he can’t be stopped per se, the Cleveland Cavaliers megastar recently revealed which opponent does the best job of containing him:

Kawhi Leonard,” he said on the Open Run podcast. “He’s solid. He’s solid. Solid at that end of the floor. He’s very, very, very solid. I like him. I like the kid.”

It’s not exactly a surprising pick, as the 25-year-old forward helped the San Antonio Spurs finish with the league’s best defense in 2015-16, and is the two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year. That’s one of very few honors King James hasn’t earned, though he has made six NBA All-Defensive teams.

“The Claw” was the main defender on James both times they met in the NBA Finals in 2013 and 2014 when he was able to use his length – he’s 6-feet-7 tall with a 7-foot-3 wingspan – to pester The Chosen One, forcing the ball out of his hands and making it difficult for him to drive to the rim the way he normally does with apparent ease. James averaged 26.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting over both series.

In their six regular-season matchups dating back to Leonard’s rookie season in 2012, James has averaged 24.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the field and 43.5 percent from deep.

Those are not exactly shabby numbers, which is really just a testament to how good James is.

He also mentioned the hardest person for him to guard is his friend and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

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