I’ve said all season that LeBron James’ style reminds me of Larry Bird when Bird was in his prime. The Cavaliers star is passing, trusting and making things happen — more than ever.
Brian Windhorst put together an excellent piece on ESPN on this very topic, writing that this unselfish style, like a basketball conductor, is how James “has always wanted to play.”
“Loaded with shooters who give him an array of options, stocked with veterans who have learned the nuances of sharing the floor with him and playing alongside what looks like a future Hall of Famer entering his prime, James is reveling in it. It can all be encapsulated in one line: James is averaging the fewest shots (17.2) and the most assists (9.7) per game in his career.”
Another take from the article that I found especially interesting:
“The Cavs don’t call many plays. Tyronn Lue will spend whole minutes with his hands in his pockets, as he paces the sideline watching as James and Kyrie Irving come down and flow into sets.”
I’ll be talking more about James’ approach on “Cavaliers in the Paint” with c0-host Jeff Phelps all week on FOX Sports Ohio, so try to check us out (Ch. 660 nationwide on DirecTV). In the meantime, give Windhorst’s latest a read.
It’s just another example that the defending champions have been more cohesive than ever. And their veteran star, not surprisingly, is the man who’s leading the way.