WATCH: LeBron James Hits a Michael Jordan-esque Fadeaway Against the Chicago Bulls

Published 01/08/2021, 11:51 PM EST
Jan 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves to the basket against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is not slowing down in his 18th NBA season. ‘The Chosen One’ is yet to miss a game this season despite the overly packed schedule. His superstar teammate Anthony Davis has had to take nights off, increasing the load that LBJ has to carry. But he has been doing that effortlessly with NBA.com even ranking him as the leader in the MVP race after the first few weeks of the season.

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His LA Lakers are facing off against the Chicago Bulls. While Zach LaVine torched LA for 19 points in the first quarter, not missing even one of his 9 shots, LeBron has led his LA team to take a slender lead at half time. Bron has led the Lakers in scoring, and beautiful shots like this fadeaway are the reason for it.

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LeBron has been using the fadeaway a lot, especially in the last two seasons. He iced the game against Memphis earlier this week with a similar shot over Dillon Brooks. He also hit a memorable clutch fadeaway against the Boston Celtics last season.

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In normal situations, one wouldn’t expect the Bulls to compete with LA at the highest level. However, after a rough start to the season, Chicago has found their momentum. Zach LaVine and Coby White have made a dangerous pairing together.

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As of this moment, the Lakers have taken over and lead the Bulls by 4 points at the end of the third quarter.

Jan 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers defense has looked a little bad over their last two games. However, LeBron James is still performing at the level he is expected to. Outside inconsistency at the free-throw line and the obvious regression in defense, he is still the most impactful player on the court.

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LeBron has 22 points through the first three quarters and will look to have a big final quarter to close this game out. A win here would help the Lakers go first in their conference, or at least tie with the LA Clippers, provided they beat the Golden State Warriors.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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