LeBron James is a 15x All-Star, 4x MVP, and 3x NBA Champion. As one of the best players in the game, the spotlight goes with him wherever he goes.
As a result, there has always been a stigma that LeBron can be tough to play with. His teammates often receive no credit when they win, all the credit when they lose, and James can often put them under the microscope as the pressure to win increases.
Cedi Osman, who played with James during the 2017-18 season, refuted that myth in a conversation with Uproxx.
“I never felt like [LeBron was a tough teammate],” Osman said. “It is a lot of people watching you, you’re playing with the best player in the world. It’s normal. That’s going to happen. If you’re making shots when they’re asking you, he gonna make you look good. He puts you in the right position, he finds you whenever you’re wide open. You just have to be ready to shoot because you never know when he’s going to pass to you because he sees everything. I was always ready for him to pass to me. I don’t think that he was caring about me making shots, though, I think he cared only about me playing hard. That’s what he liked about me. That’s how I earned that shot.”
Osman has become one of the more promising faces in Cleveland. In his second season, without LeBron, he made a leap from 3 points per game to 13 points and 4.7 rebounds. He will be crucial to the success of Cleveland going forward, especially this upcoming season.
One has to think that the presence of LeBron helped him develop his game — even in the slightest. He learned patience and hard work and was given the chance to prove himself under the King.
It’s hard to say if LeBron will have that same effect in Los Angeles. It certainly did not seem so last season. But if we’ve learned anything from James, it’s that he is capable of bouncing back in some extraordinary ways.