Back in November during an interview with Fanatics View, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shared that Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has gone ‘Hollywood’ since losing to the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011 NBA Finals.
“He has gone Hollywood,” said Cuban. “I think LeBron’s greatest growth has come off the court. He was a confident but unsure kid when he came into the league, and now he is a social icon. There have been a lot of great players who haven’t chosen to take that route or were unable to take that route.”
“LeBron has done it by having good people around him but also picking his spots. I think what sets LeBron James apart from a lot of socially conscious athletes is he knows when to wait for his pitch, and he knows when to swing. ”
Cuban also added:
“And that is difficult; it’s hard to have patience with things that are important to you because it is always in you to speak out and say something. However, he has done a stellar job, I mean an incredible job of waiting for the right moment.”
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NBA Broadcaster Offers Strong Outlook on LeBron James
Before the Miami Heat took on the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday Night, Heat broadcaster Jason Jackson spoke to Fanatics View about James’ growth since losing to the Mavericks in 2011.
“Yeah, what we continue to see that he will not realize time wins. In everything in lifetime wins, it deteriorates your speed, sometimes slow down your thinking,” Jackson told me. “He has defied it. It is amazing more to watch him even more now because of his intellect continues to grow. On top of the fact, he is keeping his body in-shape that would defy a 30-year-old, let alone someone that is in his mid-30s.”
“People are going to have opinions on his movements throughout his career. Still, this particular move was not the simple move initially to go to where you know what I’m going back to the Finals and clearly didn’t. Obviously [Los Angeles Lakers] its one of the storied franchises in the history of the NBA in one of the great American cities. So, having AD, [Anthony Davis] show up helps a great deal, and to watch them together is absolutely ridiculous.”
He went on to speak about how James is not just a great scorer at this point in his career, but an excellent passer and is getting it done in a big way as a shooter.
“You can play great against them, and they are still great. So, that is the amazing thing that LeBron, even over the last decade of him playing basketball, is still a great passer, still a deathly shooter. That is a part of his repertoire that people don’t give him credit for his timely three-point shooting. You can percentage guys all day long, but when it is clutch time, will you take it? Let alone make it.” Jackson stated.
“Of this generation, one of the best passers, if not the best passer in my opinion, which is really neat how that is proliferating through the league for some of the great players realizing how important that is in your game,” shared Jackson.
James is averaging 25.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 10.6 assists per game through 28 games. He also has the Lakers currently in first place in the Western Conference with a 24-4 record.