The hot Memphis Grizzlies claimed the Lakers’ four-game best of the season title on Sunday night. Los Angeles (21-20) visits the Sacramento Kings (16-27), which have lost five games in a row, on Wednesday night.
Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe spoke about the extent of James’ influence as centerpiece in Wednesday’s edition of “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.” Sharpe says:
“I believe in the history of the ball game there are two guys who can do what he did, and I’ve seen one of them do it and it’s Magic Johnson. I’ve seen him do it. there in (Game 6 of) (1980) the NBA Finals.”
After talking about how basketball has evolved, citing examples of the big boys not posting anymore, Sharpe pointed out how that has helped James succeed as a center.
“It’s basically positionless basketball, and LeBron James is allowed to play in fifth,” Sharpe said. “We knew, in his younger days, he could defend one to five. I’ve seen him take out Derrick Rose the year he won MVP. He’s a point guard; I’ve seen LeBron put up. he entered the playoffs and disabled him.
“I saw LeBron come in and play fifth, and defend Tim Duncan in the NBA Finals. So there’s no question about his versatility defensively.”
“Now, he can’t play like that now because he’s 37 years old, but for what he’s doing in an insulting way, it’s commendable. Right now, if you make me say it. , I would say he’s the third best center in the NBA, behind Jok (Nikola Jokic), (Joel) Embiid, and then LeBron.”
What James has achieved playing central at the age of 19 is sensational even though it will come at a cost to his body. Sadly, the Lakers did not get the same level of production from him in defence as he was unwilling to focus on attack and risked being sidelined for a long time.
LeBron James has a record of 5-2 playing center this season
The Lakers have struggled to win at play Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard at the center of this season. With the team’s performance, plus Davis’s knee injury, James took the position of center forward. That move sent the Lakers to four straight wins for the first time this season.
It was a great chance to win it five in a row at Crypto.com Arena, but the Lakers couldn’t put off the Grizzlies’ streak led by Ja Morant.
With a record of 5-2, James can be expected to continue to lead the team to victories while playing at center back. Sitting seventh in the Western Conference isn’t ideal for the Lakers, especially as they assemble a roster with the sole purpose of competing for the 2022 championship.
In 29 appearances, LeBron led the Lakers to 16 wins, and five of those came while he was at center back. LBJ has been the league’s top scorer for the last month. He averaged 28.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 52.8%.
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