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LeBron James not interested in trash talking with Chris Paul about all-time assists

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul are best friends off the court.

So, don’t expect James and Paul to engage in any friendly trash talk over the NBA’s all-time assists board. Paul is seventh on the all-time assists list, while James is right behind him in eighth place:

“No, not really,” LeBron James said, via Melissa Rohlin of SI. “We talk a lot, myself, Melo [Carmelo Anthony], D-Wade [Dwyane Wade]. We talk a lot about things that’s going on in our lives or our careers. If we’re able to hit a milestone throughout the course of this marathon, we acknowledge one another. We congratulate one another. But it never goes to the trash talking side.

“It’s never been in our DNA. It’s never been who we’ve been about throughout our career since our brotherhood started. It’s pretty damn cool to see CP right there, I’m right there in assists. Guys coming from small cities, Winston-Salem and Akron, Ohio. And that would be Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for some of you guys that [don’t know]. To do what we’re doing today, that’s pretty cool.”

James has said before he, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade never talk about basketball when they are hanging out. Their friendship goes way beyond basketball.

LeBron and the Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference. James is leading the league in assists per game at 10.7 for the first time in his Hall of Fame career.

The Lakers are 33-7 and currently riding a nine-game winning streak. James is putting up 25.5 points while shooting 49.4 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.

For the Thunder, Paul is averaging 16.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists. He’s shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.