Blazers’ coach Terry Stotts reacts to Lakers superstar LeBron James’ playmaking, leadership
The Los Angeles Lakers are enjoying a dominant game over the Portland Trail Blazers thanks to the leadership and heroics of LeBron James. The King continues to amaze everyone with his incredible performances in spite of being in the league for 17 years now. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts is one of the people who will not stop giving James his due credit. He knows more than anyone how difficult it is to stay relevant and competitive in the NBA when you’re at such an age already. He gives LBJ his due credit for still being a force in the league at this point in time.
“Better than he was last year,” Stotts said of James’ performance, per Portland Tribune’s Kerry Eggers. “He’s playing at a very high level. His assists speak for themselves. He’s doing a lot other than scoring. His playmaking and how he’s leading the team is the most impressive thing.”
Looking at James’ basic stats will quickly explain why Stotts gave the forward such praise. He’s averaging 25.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 10.8 assists on 50/33/70 shooting splits. His numbers may be lower in comparison to his heroics over the years, but it’s practically unheard of for a 34-year-old to still be this good at the highest levels of basketball.
Moreover, LeBron isn’t only showing his leadership on the court. According to Lakers Nation’s Corey Hansford, LeBron helped Anthony Davis figure out how to move in the spotlight. Davis has been in a small-market team his entire career, so he doesn’t exactly know how to act when the eyes of the basketball world are trained on you. His experience being in the spotlight since high school is helping AD figure out what to do with his career moving forward.
The Lakers are sure favorites to win the NBA title this season, and James will be instrumental for that win if they do finish the year with the Larry O’Brien Trophy.