Imitation is the finest form of flattery.
Vino did it.
KD did it.
I guess it's only right that LeBron has now done it.
Peep the technique displayed in Miami's win over Dallas the other day:
Yep. That's LeBron pulling the Nowitzki one-legged fadeaway - during crunch time in the the 4th quarter no less.
Oh, you wanted a break down of the mechanics? Why didn't you just say so?!?
1) Take your defender to the block and set up as such: defender - your body - ball.
This way, the ball is protected with your body. Notice how LeBron's right shoulder and hand (his shooting side) is closest to the basket. Interestingly, look at how LeBron's feet are off the ground, indicative of him using a little bounce after his dribble to set up his next move.....
2) Get a wider base base and start to step into your defender with your right foot.
3) Now, lean into your defender with your shoulder (I'm sure Monta Ellis' chest appreciates it) and firmly plant your right foot to push off and go in the opposite direction. And look how low LeBron is, that's a 6'8" dude getting lower than a 6'3" guard.
4) As LeBron pushes off, he starts to create space between him and the defender. And his weight is shifted to his left foot.
5) In one move, LeBron starts to turn his body towards the basket (after he creates enough space to prevent the defender from swiping the ball away) while lifting his right foot off the ground, placing all his weight on his left foot. Starting to get into fadeaway.
6) With his body square to the basket, LeBron elevates off one foot (his left) while lifting his right knee into the air - which keeps the space between him and the defender.
7) Fully elevated into his shot. This move started as a sort of step-back fadeaway, but look how straight LeBron's body is in the air.
One last thing,......this move takes a lot of strength.
Looks familiar, though, doesn't it?