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Dirk Nowitzki used to train tennis as young and they say he was exceptionally good. When he turned from tennis to basketball it was a shock.

What would have happened with tennis history if Dirk remained to be a tennis player? 2.11m height, talent, champion's mentality, work ethic, strength, better movement.than servebots etc. Who would ever beat such monster? Would peak Del Potro get blown away off the court? Would the Big 3 get ANNIHILATED on the court?

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Opelka moves pretty well for a 7-footer and is more agile than a lot of NBA centers. Yet he hasn’t won anything of note. As for Nowitzki… impossible to say without seeing whether he had any talent or not 🤷🏻‍♂️ But someone that height would likely have limitations such as ROS.
 
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Most likely would've never even gotten out of Futures. As effective as it was, there was nothing even smooth about his jump shot. Even Porzingis at 221 cm. has a more fluid stroke. That lack of fluidity would’ve been his death knell on a tennis court.
 

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I think Nowitzki would be too tall to be a force on the tennis court. I think a longer match would tire him out. I think we underestimate the conditioning that tennis players have.
 

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A player like Lebron James if he decided to be a tennis player and had the funding to do so from a young age could be a GOAT if he kept at it. He wouldn't bulk up as much as he is right now and could realistically handle the grind of tennis. He would have the height to bomb aces and the court coverage that would be unrivalled. He also has amazing hand eye coordination and the drive and work ethic required. The big 3 would have a David Ferrer type disadvantage facing him.

No idea why you think a few extra inches on someone that doesn't have the body or athleticism required for tennis would make that much of a difference. He would be unlikely to pose a huge threat to actually winning slams.
 

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Tall players don't win slams.
Heck even big servers almost never win slams....
No chance for Dirk.

Also LeBron would be a failure in tennis, because it took him a long time to develop enough mental toughness to win a championship, and its a lot harder to develop mental toughness in tennis.
And look at how bad his free-throw shooting is, so he'd probably get the serving yips.
 

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Tall players don't win slams.
Heck even big servers almost never win slams....
No chance for Dirk.

Also LeBron would be a failure in tennis, because it took him a long time to develop enough mental toughness to win a championship, and its a lot harder to develop mental toughness in tennis.
And look at how bad his free-throw shooting is, so he'd probably get the serving yips.
Players that tall are also stiff and unathletic. Basketball is a team game and there is one championship a year. Lebron carried a bunch of his cavs teams and lost because of them (and won once). Not comparable at all.

We have no clue how good of a server he would be in terms of placement. But based on his height, he would be able to serve bombs. He could easily drop 10-15 MPH on his serve and still back it up with some of the best court movement ever. 130-140 MPH from Lebron would be destruction. 150-170 MPH would be the male version of Serena.
 

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A player like Lebron James if he decided to be a tennis player and had the funding to do so from a young age could be a GOAT if he kept at it. He wouldn't bulk up as much as he is right now and could realistically handle the grind of tennis. He would have the height to bomb aces and the court coverage that would be unrivalled. He also has amazing hand eye coordination and the drive and work ethic required. The big 3 would have a David Ferrer type disadvantage facing him.

No idea why you think a few extra inches on someone that doesn't have the body or athleticism required for tennis would make that much of a difference. He would be unlikely to pose a huge threat to actually winning slams.
What makes you so sure LeBron wouldn’t have major weaknesses that a complete player like Djokovic would be able to expose, such as backhand, ros, etc.? Also, I think Djokovic is a perfect tennis athlete and not a player like LeBron. Different body type and has the endurance of a marathon runner in addition to his crazy good movement and defense and is powerful too.
 

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Dirk Nowitzki used to train tennis as young and they say he was exceptionally good. When he turned from tennis to basketball it was a shock.

What would have happened with tennis history if Dirk remained to be a tennis player? 2.11m height, talent, champion's mentality, work ethic, strength, better movement.than servebots etc. Who would ever beat such monster? Would peak Del Potro get blown away off the court? Would the Big 3 get ANNIHILATED on the court?

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He would annihilate Federer and Djokovic, but not healthy Nadal. (y)
 

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What makes you so sure LeBron wouldn’t have major weaknesses that a complete player like Djokovic would be able to expose, such as backhand, ros, etc.? Also, I think Djokovic is a perfect tennis athlete and not a player like LeBron. Different body type and has the endurance of a marathon runner in addition to his crazy good movement and defense and is powerful too.
Of course. That's why I said "could" and not "would". What Lebron would have are the physical skills to give him basically an unfair advantage over every tennis player in the world. What Lebron also would have is the mindset of a champion and the work ethic required to be at the top of your craft (no Kyrgios situation here). He also has elite had eye coordination, touch and court vision, which I think might translate decently if started from a young age. He also has the endurance required to be a real threat, and he wouldn't carry as much muscle mass as he currently does (there would be no need for it). And to top it off he is very strict on his diet and does a ton of yoga as well.

We don't know if Novak has the perfect tennis body. What we do know is that he has the perfect body for the people that are playing. A player with Lebron's body that "clicks" in terms of tennis skill should be able to beat pretty much anyone. It obviously depends on this "clicking", but Lebron might have the physical tools to put up a fight even if he doesn't have the best tennis game. But it would be good night for everyone if he clicked.
 

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Don't know about Nowitzki, but based on his love for Celtics alone, this man 👇 would have won 13 out of 13 NBA titles and trumped Bill Russell's 11 titles in the 13-year career, and emerged as the undisputed GOAT over Michael Jordan.

He would have been No.1; that's right.

 

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Of course. That's why I said "could" and not "would". What Lebron would have are the physical skills to give him basically an unfair advantage over every tennis player in the world. What Lebron also would have is the mindset of a champion and the work ethic required to be at the top of your craft (no Kyrgios situation here). He also has elite had eye coordination, touch and court vision, which I think might translate decently if started from a young age. He also has the endurance required to be a real threat, and he wouldn't carry as much muscle mass as he currently does (there would be no need for it). And to top it off he is very strict on his diet and does a ton of yoga as well.

We don't know if Novak has the perfect tennis body. What we do know is that he has the perfect body for the people that are playing. A player with Lebron's body that "clicks" in terms of tennis skill should be able to beat pretty much anyone. It obviously depends on this "clicking", but Lebron might have the physical tools to put up a fight even if he doesn't have the best tennis game. But it would be good night for everyone if he clicked.
There are way too many “ifs” and assumptions here. We don’t know how well his 6’9” 270 lbs body would translate into tennis or whether he’d still have anywhere close to the same freakish athletic abilities should he lose a lot of muscle mass as you suggested he would in tennis. Having a perfect NBA or NFL body doesn’t necessarily mean he’d have the perfect tennis body. It’s a different sport with different movements involved that would also take away a lot of what makes LeBron such a freak athlete in the first place.

Also, would LeBron be flexible enough and have the ability to slide on a tennis court? Would he have the ability to do this without fucking up his joints given how massive he is?

Anyway, tennis is more a game of skill than athletic ability. But if someone can combine both (which Djokovic has done) they may become the GOAT.
One perfect example is Monfils. He has/had the athletic ability to be an NBA player and is an excellent athlete. But his tennis skills aren’t up to par which is why he’s 0-17 against Djokovic and hasn’t won anything of note. The question of whether LeBron would be able to translate his body into tennis and combine it with elite tennis skills only exists in fantasy land. ;)
 

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Don't know about Nowitzki, but based on his love for Celtics alone, this man 👇 would have won 13 out of 13 NBA titles and trumped Bill Russell's 11 titles in the 13-year career, and emerged as the undisputed GOAT over Michael Jordan.

He would have been No.1; that's right.

This guy missed his calling even if Nowitzki would have run circles around the punk on NBA courts.
 
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