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The NBA's sleeved jerseys have a ways to go before being accepted by the league's most famous player. LeBron James partially blamed the new jerseys for his awful 6-of-18 shooting night in the Heat's 111-87 loss to the Spurs.
"Every time I shoot it feels like it's just pulling right up underneath my arm," said James. "I already don't have much room for error on my jump shot. It's definitely not a good thing."
It's not the first time LeBron has had a bad game while wearing sleeves: he was 0-for-4 from 3-point range against the Lakers on Christmas and 0-for-7 from the same range during the All-Star Game. We're pretty sure he'd be able to adjust if they were a full-time thing, but for now, LeBron seems to be a different player when his shoulders are covered.
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LeBron mentoring Paul George?
In an interview this week with BasketballInsiders.com, rising Indiana Pacers star Paul George said he'd like to get some advice from LeBron James. The four-time MVP's answer Thursday? "I have an open-door policy." So we know the two-time defending NBA Finals MVP is up for it, but are you OK with top players giving each other advice? Or do you subscribe to the "old school" theory that they should be enemies?
LeBron James might have scored a career-high 61 points against the Bobcats on Monday night, but for Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, that's not all that impressive. Wilkins sent out a series of tweets that pointed out just how weak LeBron's competition was during his offensive explosion:
No denying he put on a shooting display. He was hot. Let's not forget, he was playing the Bobcats. A sub 500 team w a match up nightmare.- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Where is the Defense? The Bobcats put up 107 points in a defenseless display of basketball. Offensively who was there to make Bron work on D- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Why are we not talking about Al Jefferson and the MONSTER night he had 38 and 19! Yes, like I said, Bron got hot & put on a shooting clinic.- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Watch the film. No close outs on D, doubles were late, rotations were slow. It was too easy to score. At 54 y/o I could drop 40 on that D- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Wilkins later specified that he wasn't criticizing LeBron, just pointing out that, for someone of James' talent, playing the Bobcats is practically Easy Mode:
Calm down people. Not taking anything away from a great OFFENSIVE night from one of the greatest the game has seen. He shot the lights out!- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Obviously I love scoring & a great offensive performance is exciting to watch, especially from the young talent today.- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
But great basketball is even better to watch! The work, the schemes, the battles, the enforcers inside...a lot of that is lost. #Totality- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
LeBron, Durant in tight MVP race
We might have ourselves an NBA MVP race after all. Long considered a firm second behind the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, LeBron James poured in a career-high and Miami Heat-record 61 points on Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats -- Miami's eighth straight win. James still trails Durant in scoring and player efficiency rating, but the Heat (43-14) now sit above the Thunder (45-15) in the overall standings. Who gets your vote today? Who will win it in the end?