Rick Carlisle: LeBron James’ mind operates like ‘fastest Internet speed’
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle couldn’t help but marvel at watching LeBron James play on Sunday night as his squad played the latest victim to the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s legendary late-game brilliance.
James would notch his 17th triple-double on the season (16 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) as the Cavs rallied late to upend the Mavs by a score of 98-87 at Quicken Loans Arena. But it was how James managed to record a triple-double despite a horrible start to the game was what was perhaps most impressive.
With six minutes remaining in the game, James was only 3-for-16 from the field with eight points, putting his now-record consecutive games of 10 or more points in minor jeopardy. Then James turned on the afterburners, igniting the Cavaliers to build a late 10-point lead.
Carlisle after the game heaped praise upon James for how quickly the latter’s mind works by making an interesting comparison while addressing what treat it is to see James and Dirk Nowitzki share the same court.
“It’s a blast just watching those guys walk out there,” Carlisle said, via SportsDay. “LeBron is so great. Every year, he gets better. He’s more economical with his movements and the skills just continue to get refined a little bit each year.
“His mind works at – what’s the fastest Internet speed? – whatever the fastest Internet speed is, that’s how he processes the game. It’s just absolutely amazing. At least 5G, probably 7G.
“And I know there’s a great deal of mutual respect. Dirk is obviously a great admirer of LeBron’s and LeBron has done the one-legged fade and all that. It’s so cool to see.”
Nowitzki was left similarly impressed with James.
“We tried to make it tough on him,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “Then you look up and he’s got a triple-double. He was affecting the game, even though he wasn’t shooting it well.
“It’s been fun to watch his career – an all-time great. Just been an honor to play against him, compete against him, watch him for so many years. He’s one of the greatest to ever lace them up.”