“Add 35 pounds to all our players,” Popovich said, “and make them demonstratively quicker.”
“If we just say, ‘Bruce, it’s your job to stop LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers,’ we’re in big trouble,” Popovich said. “Bruce has done a great job. He’s a tremendous defender. He sets the tone for us at the defensive end, but our team defense has to be good or, again, we’ll have major problems.”
Popovich compared the size advantage James enjoys over his defenders to that of Hall of Fame point guard Oscar Robertson.
“With (James’) explosiveness and ability to pass and everything,” Popovich said, “he’s just really a special player.”