With LeBron James publicly claiming that Basketball players are the greatest athletes in the world using Tom Brady’s protection as one of his reasons why. We thought we would have our say on the issue.

To use the NFL and NBA as your only two examples is not only naive but disrespectful from LeBron. To be the best athlete you need to be an all-rounder. It’s not enough to have one outstanding trait, there has to be concrete evidence to your versatillity. Simply being the best at your own sport, doesn’t mean a lot when it comes to being a naturally well-rounded athlete.

 

The Lack Of Movement Issue

In the endurance field it’s impossible for anyone to compare with Soccer players.

Miles per game:

American Football: 1.25 miles per game

Basketball: 2.7 miles per game

Tennis: 3 miles per game

Soccer: 9 miles per game

This gives you a perspective as to how far soccer players are running each game. With Basketball games going on for 48 minutes and litered with timeouts, free-throws, a lot of walking and a tiny court, it’s hard to back up LeBron’s claims on this one. Soccer players run 9 miles for 90 minutes with multiple changes of speed and direction on a huge pitch.

Of course endurance isn’t always the same. In order to box for 12 rounds, or compete in MMA for 5 championship rounds is torture. In terms of endurance MMA and Soccer probabaly sit at the top, with soccer edging it because soccer players are doing this up to 3 times per week at the highest possible level against other athletic freaks.

It must be said that Tennis players have to deal with a lot. Running back and forth for up to 5 hours, playing every other day during big tournaments isn’t easy. But they do get a whole host of breaks throughout to eat, drink and sit.

 

PED’s

It’s well-known that US sports basically revolve around performance enhancing drugs, it’s the same with track and field and combat sports.

Again soccer, tennis, rugby, these kind of sports come out on top because the athletes are clean. This is also the reason why cyclists weren’t put on the endurance list, because reports claim that around 80% of competitors are on PED’s.

It’s hard to take the likes of Anthony Joshua, LeBron James and Usain Bolt seriously when it’s well-known that these guys are on PED’s, yet it’s not openly exposed because of the money they generate for the franchises and sports as a whole. Take these guys off PED’s and get them to run around a soccer field for 90 minutes, or wrestle for 5, 5 minute rounds and it’s likely that they’d struggle.

Soaring through the air at 6ft 8 and weighing as much as LeBron does is impressive, but how much of it is really him? When Cristiano Ronaldo is being tested nearly every game, yet he’s found clean, can run for 90 minutes 3 times a week, has a higher vertical jump than anyone in the NBA and has ran faster than anyone ever in the NBA, it’s hard to back-up LeBron’s claims.

 

Physical Contact

Once again LeBron’s comments seem silly when you take a look at Basketball. It’s a non-contact sport and a heavy fall happens maybe once per season.

MMA fighters and boxers are being hit repeatably by fists, shin bones and elbows, even in training.

Soccer players and Rugby players are running around giant pitches for long periods of time, then have to deal with heavy contact especially in rugby from all angles.

In the NFL players are taking huge hits, but all that padding just makes rugby players look 10 times tougher than NFL players. The hits are just as brutal, yet rugby players are running a lot further which puts rubgy above it’s counter-part and again knocks back LeBron’s NBA vs NFL top sport claims.

 

Conclusion

It’s very hard to support LeBron’s claims, especially with a non-contact, short game length, small court, closed skill game like basketball.

Yes there is talent in what the players do, but the skills are pretty limited. Throwing a ball into a hoop, jumping and bouncing a ball can’t really evolve beyond a certain point, hence why the game doesn’t look any different year after year. This was made clear by Conor McGregor who made a 3-pointer on his first attempt recently, yet watching American sports stars kick a soccer ball gives Europeans hours of laughter and disbelief that a human can be that uncoordinated.

The world’s best athletes in our opinion are soccer players. No not the one’s in the MLS for all of you American’s. But the Cristiano Ronaldo’s who play 3 games per week for 8 months straight plus summer tournaments for their countries every 2 years. Running for 90 minutes with only one break on the largest possbile playing surface. Having to use power, speed, stamina, skill level, balance, 360 vision and finesse whilst taking contact in multiple formats all at once is unmatched by other sports, hence why the beautiful game is the most popular sport on planet Earth, and the World Cup Final receives 3.2 billion viewers and the Superbowl only receives around 114 million viewers and all mainly from one country.

With LeBron James publicly claiming that Basketball players are the greatest athletes in the world using Tom Brady's protection as one of his reasons why. We thought we would have our say on the issue.

To use the NFL and NBA as your only two examples is not only naive but disrespectful from LeBron. To be the best athlete you need to be an all-rounder. It's not enough to have one outstanding trait, there has to be concrete evidence to your versatillity. Simply being the best at your own sport, doesn't mean a lot when it comes to being a naturally well-rounded athlete.

 

The Lack Of Movement Issue

In the endurance field it's impossible for anyone to compare with Soccer players.

Miles per game:

American Football: 1.25 miles per game

Basketball: 2.7 miles per game

Tennis: 3 miles per game

Soccer: 9 miles per game

This gives you a perspective as to how far soccer players are running each game. With Basketball games going on for 48 minutes and litered with timeouts, free-throws, a lot of walking and a tiny court, it's hard to back up LeBron's claims on this one. Soccer players run 9 miles for 90 minutes with multiple changes of speed and direction on a huge pitch.

Of course endurance isn't always the same. In order to box for 12 rounds, or compete in MMA for 5 championship rounds is torture. In terms of endurance MMA and Soccer probabaly sit at the top, with soccer edging it because soccer players are doing this up to 3 times per week at the highest possible level against other athletic freaks.

It must be said that Tennis players have to deal with a lot. Running back and forth for up to 5 hours, playing every other day during big tournaments isn't easy. But they do get a whole host of breaks throughout to eat, drink and sit.

 

PED's

It's well-known that US sports basically revolve around performance enhancing drugs, it's the same with track and field and combat sports.

Again soccer, tennis, rugby, these kind of sports come out on top because the athletes are clean. This is also the reason why cyclists weren't put on the endurance list, because reports claim that around 80% of competitors are on PED's.

It's hard to take the likes of Anthony Joshua, LeBron James and Usain Bolt seriously when it's well-known that these guys are on PED's, yet it's not openly exposed because of the money they generate for the franchises and sports as a whole. Take these guys off PED's and get them to run around a soccer field for 90 minutes, or wrestle for 5, 5 minute rounds and it's likely that they'd struggle.

Soaring through the air at 6ft 8 and weighing as much as LeBron does is impressive, but how much of it is really him? When Cristiano Ronaldo is being tested nearly every game, yet he's found clean, can run for 90 minutes 3 times a week, has a higher vertical jump than anyone in the NBA and has ran faster than anyone ever in the NBA, it's hard to back-up LeBron's claims.

 

Physical Contact

Once again LeBron's comments seem silly when you take a look at Basketball. It's a non-contact sport and a heavy fall happens maybe once per season.

MMA fighters and boxers are being hit repeatably by fists, shin bones and elbows, even in training.

Soccer players and Rugby players are running around giant pitches for long periods of time, then have to deal with heavy contact especially in rugby from all angles.

In the NFL players are taking huge hits, but all that padding just makes rugby players look 10 times tougher than NFL players. The hits are just as brutal, yet rugby players are running a lot further which puts rubgy above it's counter-part and again knocks back LeBron's NBA vs NFL top sport claims.

 

Conclusion

It's very hard to support LeBron's claims, especially with a non-contact, short game length, small court, closed skill game like basketball.

Yes there is talent in what the players do, but the skills are pretty limited. Throwing a ball into a hoop, jumping and bouncing a ball can't really evolve beyond a certain point, hence why the game doesn't look any different year after year. This was made clear by Conor McGregor who made a 3-pointer on his first attempt recently, yet watching American sports stars kick a soccer ball gives Europeans hours of laughter and disbelief that a human can be that uncoordinated.

The world's best athletes in our opinion are soccer players. No not the one's in the MLS for all of you American's. But the Cristiano Ronaldo's who play 3 games per week for 8 months straight plus summer tournaments for their countries every 2 years. Running for 90 minutes with only one break on the largest possbile playing surface. Having to use power, speed, stamina, skill level, balance, 360 vision and finesse whilst taking contact in multiple formats all at once is unmatched by other sports, hence why the beautiful game is the most popular sport on planet Earth, and the World Cup Final receives 3.2 billion viewers and the Superbowl only receives around 114 million viewers and all mainly from one country.