Purple & Bold: LeBron James shoots from anywhere

Purple & Bold: LeBron James shoots from anywhere

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, March 4 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Logo LeBron is turning his teammates into amateur sleuths, basketball stars who, on occasion, moonlight as private investigators inspired to go hunting for clues right under their noses – or wherever on the court James has decided to let it fly.On Sunday, with 21 seconds left on the shot clock, there was LeBron’s bomb from 34 feet out (per the NBA’s stated measurement), a shot that felt like it was launched from the French Quarter (per the Lakers’ Twitter account), that tied the score at 61-61 in New Orleans.And then James did it again Tuesday, bringing the ball up and, to even his teammates’ surprise (at least in the moment), swishing a 36-footer from the “R” on the Lakers’ logo midcourt to extend their lead to 73-54. “Me, Danny and ’Vale were trying to find where he shot it from,” Davis said. “Nobody knew what he was doing. We kind of know when he’s gonna do it usually. That one, I … was expecting him to throw it to me and he just pulled up. So it kind of shocked us all. And he made it, so we were all like, ‘All right, where’d he shoot this one from?’”From Rajon Rondo’s veteran perspective, it wasn’t such a great mystery: “Obviously, he was feeling it; the rim was pretty big at that time for him, and he has the green light to do it.”Because he can make it.James is shooting 35.1 percent from behind the arc this season, including seven attempts form 34 feet or farther – three of which he’s made. To James, that’s just a sign of the evolution of the game, and of his game.“My teammates see me work on it a lot,” James said. “And I know I put in the work on it. I don’t take no shots that I don’t work on, I’ve never done it in my career. I feel like I work on it, I trust my mechanics and I’m able to let it fly with confidence, no matter what’s going on with the shot clock.“Obviously, the game is played so much at the 3-point line and beyond, so I just think for me, personally, I just want to continue to have a growth mindset, however the game is changing, being able to change my game and also be true to who I am at the same time, just not trying to have any weaknesses.”— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Links away …Super Tuesday – Anthony Davis’ 37 points spark victory over short-handed Sixers.Aware, alert – The NBA is monitoring the coronavirus, and sharing information and recommendations with players.Teachable moments – LeBron’s mentorship role extends to young opponents.All under control – LeBron sets the tone in the Lakers’ 122-114 victory over the Pelicans.Troy Daniels waived – The guard and the team arrive at a mutual agreement.Grizzlies roar – The Lakers look sluggish; Ja Morant and Memphis do not.AC Starter – Caruso gets the start as Lakers experiment with lineups.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter that one, Anthony Davis, Danny Green and JaVale McGee couldn’t help themselves; they had to go in for a closer look.Explained McGee: “There was a mark right there: ‘Damn.’ That’s what it said on the court.”They had to conduct the thorough analysis, he said, because “we just didn’t understand how he shot it from that far and it barely hit the net, it just went straight in, so, yeah we were confused.”Once their inspection was complete, McGee said he delivered the results to James: “Walked up to him and said ‘Damn,’” the Lakers starting center said. “It was a ‘damn’ play, he shot that from far as hell.”Davis, who finished the game with 37 points and 13 rebounds, said James’ shot was his favorite highlight of the Lakers’ 120-107 victory over Philadelphia.last_img

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