Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma starts LeBron James’ All-Defensive campaign
Los Angeles Lakers Kyle Kuzma wanted to kickstart LeBron James’ candidacy for a selection to the All-Defensive Team in the 2020-21 season by posting a plea on Twitter. While playing in his 18th campaign in the league, the four-time MVP is still going hard on the defensive end as he is currently averaging 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocks through 35 contests for the Lakers this season.
Retweet for @KingJames all defensive team ❗️
— kuz (@kylekuzma) March 1, 2021
His impact in defending opposing players was highlighted in their matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. James didn’t show any willingness to give an inch to Stephen Curry and company as he notched a total of two steals and two blocks in the tilt.
At the same time, he didn’t have to push as hard on the other end of the floor as his Lakers squad cruised with a comfortable lead from start to finish. James ultimately finished the contest with a total of 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
The defensive effort of James along with valiant contributions from his teammates was already enough to fend off the Warriors en route to a 117-91 victory. The Lakers are currently having a two-game winning streak as they maintained their position in the second spot of the Western Conference with a 24-11 record.
Amid Kyle Kuzma’s campaign, however, it wasn’t the first time that James will be recognized for the level of impact that he was able to produce defensively. Over the past years, he already nabbed five straight All-Defensive First Team selections from 2009 to 2013 along with an All-Defensive Second Team berth in 2014.
Without showing any signs of slowing down, LeBron James could potentially add another accolade to his stacked résumé if he gets to keep up his applaudable efforts on the defensive end as the season progresses.