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What it’s really like being a teammate of Lakers’ LeBron James

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Ever wondered what it’s really like playing with Los Angeles Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James?

Former NBA guard Mario Chalmers, who played with LeBron on the Miami Heat from 2010 to 2014 (though not the Lakers), talked about it with Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype Podcast. 

Via David Akerman of Heat Nation:

“Playing with one of the greats is a learning experience. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also hard with all the scrutiny and everything that comes with it,” Chalmers said.

“For a player like me that likes to take the last shot, that likes to be in the moment, you got to respect LeBron, you got to let him take those shots sometimes. Situations like that are difficult, but it was fun. I never take away from that experience of playing with that guy. He’s one of the greats.”

Chalmers and LeBron once got into it on the bench during a game in Miami. However, the Lakers star apologized to Chalmers shortly after he calmed down.

LeBron and the Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference standings. Before games were suspended in March, James was averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 boards and 10.6 assists for the Lakers in 60 contests. The King was also shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Prior to the start of the 2020 playoffs, all 22 teams in Orlando will play eight seeding games. The Lakers will face the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings.

Once the playoffs begin, the Lakers will be one of the favorites to win it all with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way.