Lakers’ LeBron James explains his fake block attempt on Rajon Rondo
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo tricked both his defender and teammate LeBron James with a deceiving play on Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
James was expecting to receive an alley-oop pass on the break from Rondo, but the veteran point guard opted to finish the play himself with a nifty lay-in.
Shortly after the Lakers’ 101-96 triumph — which extended their winning streak to seven — James talked about his fake block attempt on his own teammate.
“He know he’s supposed to throw that lob being the cerebral point guard that he is. He is supposed to throw that lob so I tried to go get a block and I was unsuccessful at both,” James said in jest.
The King later clarified that he was simply messing around and was not jeopardizing his teammate’s basket.
“He hit me with the fake pass, so I hit him with the fake block.”
"He hit me with the fake pass, so I hit him with the fake block."@LakersReporter talks post-game with @KingJames about a few of tonight's highlight plays, being able to watch Bronny last night and more. pic.twitter.com/r1hKBi2KAY
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Winners of nine of their last 10 games, the Lakers can certainly afford to have some fun on the court. They are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the best record in the NBA at 24-3.
James was stellar once more with game-highs of 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes, while Rondo pitched in 11 points, seven boards and five dimes in 26 minutes.
It wasn’t an easy win for James and company as they shot poorly from downtown and turned the ball over multiple times, something that James also addressed.
“No matter what the game presents itself we were able to figure it out. We couldn’t throw a quarter in the ocean tonight. We were turning the ball over. Versus a young team we can’t do that. We’ve been resilient and relying on our defense and knowing we can get stops on crucial times and just try to execute on the other end.”