One of the things that makes LeBron James so great is that he's constantly evolving. When he first arrived to the NBA, he overpowered his opponents with raw athleticism and explosiveness. Since then, he's become one of the league's sharpest passers, added a deadly three-point shot, and made six consecutive NBA All-Defensive teams.
In Friday night's domination of the Toronto Raptors, LeBron added yet another dimension to his unstoppable game. In the midst of leading the Cavs to a commanding 3-0 series lead, LeBron casually attempted two left-handed shots and made them both.
James has spent his entire career shooting right-handed, but 14 years in he suddenly decided to go left-handed during playoff game.
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Another player might be hesitant to try out a new move in such a high-stakes moment, but LeBron made it look easy. After hitting his first lefty hook over Norman Powell, LeBron shook Fred VanVleet with a highlight-reel spin move and buried a lefty floater to put the game out of reach.
But the craziest part that you may not know is that LeBron is actually left-handed. When he's off the court, he writes and eats with his left hand.
After the game, LeBron revealed that he was inspired to shoot right-handed in the first place by Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway.
"It's probably Michael Jordan, Penny Hardaway," he said. "Guys that I looked up to growing up, seeing those guys shoot righty, I was like, 'I guess I'll shoot righty.' But I'm pretty much a left-handed guy. I don't take many of those shots but I'm capable of making those shots."
In his typical humble fashion, LeBron didn't take full credit surprising lefty shot, giving a shout out to his Little League coach.
"My Little League coach Frank Walker told me, 'If you can't make a left-handed layup, you're not going to be much of a basketball player.'"
Twitter loved the lefty stroke, with some drawing comparisons to all-time Celtics legend Larry Bird:
The Raptors will try to stay alive in an elimination game in Toronto tomorrow. But whether he shoots right or left on Sunday, the Raptors are up against a nearly impossible task in Game 4: stopping LeBron James at the height of his powers.