Former Bulls Star Unearths LeBron James’ Potential Hidden Intentions Behind Unreal Scoring Run

Published 01/22/2023, 9:14 AM EST
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The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in a similar situation as they were last season after the injury to their big man Anthony Davis. As expected, LeBron James has once again shouldered the scoring responsibilities while the Lakers fail to win consistently. The only improvement has been Russell Westbrook’s consistent contributions and support from some of the Lakers’ youngbloods. However, the Lakers still lack the firepower to fight for a championship this year. Meanwhile, despite the 21-25 record and 13th place in the Western Conference, LeBron is going through an unreal scoring run since he turned 38 on December 30. Recently, a former Bulls star has shed some light on the hidden intentions of LeBron James behind his unbelievable scoring run.

LeBron James has averaged 29.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 7.0 assists offensively this season while shooting over 50% from the field. He has been active on the defensive end as well. Since his 38th birthday, the four-time NBA champion is averaging above 35 and his rebounds and assists output has also gone up too. Recently, James had a 48-point game against the Houston Rockets. Now, former Chicago Bulls star Jay Williams has predicted the reason behind James’ peaking performances.

Williams reveals secret behind the scoring run of LeBron James

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In a recent appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, ESPN radio analyst Jay Williams praised LeBron James for his competitive spirit and his ability to use criticism as fuel to perform better. Williams said, “Since Lebron has turned 38, he is averaging like 37, 10, and 9, shooting 55% from the field, which is unheard of, unprecedented…I think one of the biggest motivations behind it is to embarrass the front-office and the Lakers organization.”

Therefore, Jay Williams made a huge claim that could intrigue a lot of NBA fans. The NBA star turned analyst claimed that the fuel behind James’ hot form was his intention to embarrass the Lakers front office. In fact, Williams suggested that LeBron James was trying to put pressure on the Lakers management, who have been unwilling to make any critical change in the team roster. 

The 2001 NCAA champ acknowledged that the Lakers would find themselves in a challenging situation, with only two first-round picks in the bag if, they help LeBron James by trading the picks for some better players. However, the NBA analyst also felt that LeBron James was trying to influence the Lakers front office into making a move in the present.

Dec 30, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Williams added, “But he is proposing with his play by saying, ‘You guys are gonna waste my talent? This is what you are gonna waste because you are gonna be waiting to make a move when I’m playing at this level?’ It’s putting pressure on the organization to make a move now rather than later.” 

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Thus, the former Bulls star felt that LeBron James has been trying to send a very important message to the Lakers management with his hot scoring run in recent times. 

LeBron’s scoring run

James has been on fire in his last nine games for the Lakers since his birthday. The 18-time All-Star has averaged 38.2 points per game during his scoring streak with 9.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists.

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Thus, King James is yet again leading the way for the Lakers and getting closer and closer to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record. However, the misery continues for James with the Lakers’ unwillingness to make a trade move.

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Rohit Kumawat

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Rohit Kumawat is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing an MBA in Media and Business Management, Rohit holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has been working as a Sports and Entertainment writer for over a year.

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