Video: Lakers’ LeBron James visibly disappointed over Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s decision
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is one of the most unselfish superstars in league history. The four-time MVP is as pass-first a player as an elite scorer could be, always relishing the opportunity to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. Even in year 16, there are still those who wish James would drop the facilitator act and embrace his inner ball-hog on a full-time basis.
With the Lakers beginning their late-season push toward the playoffs, many expect James to crank his intensity up a notch, and he said as much on Wednesday while discussing his approach to the remainder of 2018-19. Does that mean he’ll be dominating the ball like James Harden? Certainly not, but it definitely means that James’ teammates better find him when he wants the rock, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope learned the hard way during Thursday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
Ladies & gentlemen, playoff-activated LeBron James 😂 pic.twitter.com/MK9I9oktSg
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 22, 2019
James’ frustration isn’t exactly unfounded. An above-the-break three from Caldwell-Pope is a perfectly acceptable shot for the Lakers, but not when James is bullying an overmatched defender into the restricted area with a deep seal. Los Angeles needs all the points it can get to keep pace with Houston, and Caldwell-Pope abandoned two of them in favor of a semi-contested three-point attempt.
Needless to say, he probably won’t make the same mistake next time.