Jeff Van Gundy Says Those Who Think LeBron James Wouldn’t Thrive in Past Eras ‘Need to Be Drug Tested’

Brendan Campbell
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With the airing of ESPN’s documentary “The Last Dance,” much is being made about players’ abilities to compete in different eras.

For those who do not believe LeBron James would be great in any era, Jeff Van Gundy has a simple message: “You need to be drug tested.”

Van Gundy, who spent 11 seasons as a head coach in the NBA, specifically highlights James’ athleticism, skill and strength as reasons why the four-time MVP would dominate across basketball eras.

Van Gundy coached in the NBA in the ’90s and early ’00s, and he led the New York Knicks to a finals appearance in the lockout-shortened 1999 season.

Though the former coach noted the more physical nature of earlier basketball eras, he clearly believes that James would have no problem adjusting to more contact.

James’ all-around game would likely help in any era. The three-time NBA champion has career averages of 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game.

Since being drafted in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, James has played 17 seasons in the NBA. The Akron native has dominated throughout his career, appearing in 16 All-Star games and being selected to 15 All-NBA teams.

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Brendan is a freelance writer based in New York City. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has always been an avid sports fan. His favorite Lakers player ever is Jerry West. Aside from everything hoops, some of Brendan’s hobbies include skiing, exercise, and reading. He also loves golden retrievers.