‘He’s a Master at the Point Guard Position’: Lakers Legend Lauds LeBron James for Getting People Involved

Published 03/19/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Mar 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is a unique breed; he has revolutionized the way that players at his position play. While having the physicality of a forward, he possesses the ball-handling skills of a point guard. Hence, his ability to run the floor along with taking the position on the frontcourt has led to people labeling him as a ‘Point-Forward’. And those abilities have been on full display this past week.

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After notching double-digit assists in the Lakers’ previous two games, he assisted his teammates six times in the 116-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) positions teammates during the seconds quarter against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

His display grabbed the attention of a certain 80s NBA legend, and that man is none other than James Worthy. After the games, Worthy talked about LeBron‘s ability to draw attention to himself and create open looks for his teammates.

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“You don’t always get the shot but you want to feel that basketball when you are out there. You want to catch it and swing it yourself, make a pick, or something else. And LeBron made sure that he gets people involved,” said Worthy. “He draws so much attention and he’s learned over the years that he knows where the people are, he knows where the defenses are coming.”

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According to Worthy, the credit goes to LeBron for this turnaround. He said, “I saw him a few games ago. He knew Pope needed to get some shots, he was looking for Pope. I have seen him look for Wesley Matthews; guys who might be in a little slump, he always finds a way to get them back involved in addition to keeping everyone else in flow. So he’s a master at the point guard position.”

Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) defended b y Brooklyn Nets forward Jeff Green (8) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers are in much better form after the All-Star break. With Embiid also out, LeBron has now come out of his shell to strengthen his MVP case.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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