He’s already considered by many to be the G.O.A.T, so few would be surprised to find out that Lebron James may have a photographic memory.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star put his skills on display when he described what went wrong during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.
A reporter had asked James how the Celtics managed to pull off a quick seven points against the Cavs in the fourth quarter when he gave his play-by-play breakdown.
James, 33, was able to recall every shot – successful or otherwise – and every move made by players on both teams during the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Lebron James wowed everyone with his photographic memory after he game a play-by-play breakdown of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics
‘We ran them the first possession, we ran them down all the way to two on the shot clock,’ he began.
‘Marcus Morris missed the jump shot, followed it up – they got a dunk.’
James then went on to explain how the Cavs came back down the court but player Jordan Clarkson missed his shot.
‘They rebounded it, and we came back on the defensive end,’ he continued.
Then James detailed how Celtics player Jayson Tatum threw the ball to Morris, who made a three-pointer.
‘We come back down, miss another shot, and then Tatum came down and went 94 feet and made right hand lay-up, time out,’ James concludes.
James, 33, was able to recall every shot – successful or otherwise – and every move made by players on both teams during his team’s defeat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals
James’ incredible recount caught the attention of many reporters and fans on Twitter, with one user calling him ‘a basketball rain man’
The reporters at the post-game press conference couldn’t help but burst into applause as James simply said, ‘There you go.’
James’ incredible recount caught the attention of many reporters and fans on Twitter, with one user calling him ‘a basketball rain man’.
‘LeBron’s moment-by-moment recall of the Cs run to start the fourth quarter was wild,’ tweeted Adam Himmelsbach. ‘I forgot what I had for breakfast this morning.’
‘This is actually one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen,’ added Sopan Deb.
‘I feel like LeBron is secretly an online chess champion in his spare time,’ chimed in a user named Ian.
Equally impressed was Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green, who has faced off against James three times in the last three years in the NBA Finals.
‘He should’ve gotten more than [an applause]’, Green told ESPN. ‘He should’ve gotten a standing ovation.’
But Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he wasn’t surprised by James’ memory ability, saying that ‘great players remember everything’.
James has spoken in the past about his ability to ‘play a lot of plays’ in his head, admitting that sometimes it can actually get in the way of a great game
‘Draymond would be the same way,’ he said. ‘We’ll be watching tape from when we played Houston in December or something, and guys will go “Yeah, I remember that this is what happened next”‘.
‘I don’t think it’s that rare,’ he added. ‘But the best players generally remember the most and have the sharpest memories.’
James has spoken in the past about his ability to ‘play a lot of plays’ in his head, admitting that sometimes it can actually get in the way of a great game.
‘Sometimes it works great, sometimes it doesn’t,’ he told USA Today in 2013.
‘Sometimes it can cloud my mind too much and I get to thinking about the game too much instead of just playing.’
‘Sometimes I’m able to put myself in situations that are better for me and better for our team by knowing what happened before. I guess it’s a gift and a curse.’
James (pictured during the third quarter of Game 1) has called his incredible memory both a ‘gift and a curse’