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LeBron James Is Playing A New Style Of Ball


Father time always wins.

Even for a guy like LeBron James, age will catch up to him. And in a story by ESPN, expect to see a new player because of it.

"Playing more like Bryant and Jordan will take time and patience, and James told Johnson that some habits will be hard to break, sources said. But James knows playing more inside and yielding some control of the ball is important as he ages and his athleticism starts to fade. At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds with great vision and passing skills, he may be better equipped for success than the smaller Jordan and Bryant.

According to multiple sources within the Lakers and close to James, this is the rollout of a plan Johnson outlined for James the night of June 30 at James’ home. The subsequent deals, which sources say James has consulted on but have been executed at Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka’s direction, follow this vision.

“Unlike most free agents changing teams, LeBron is arriving with the Lakers as an all-time great,” a source close to James said. “He doesn’t have pressure to prove anything. He wants some changes, and he can afford to let the process breathe.”

If you recall, both Bryant and Jordan used post-play increasingly as they went up in age. It uses up less energy, slows the game down, and gives the player a go-to move when things get tough.

For James, because of his size, he might see even more success with this style of play.

Additionally, the Lakers' stash of ball handlers and role-players will help take the ball out of LeBron's hands, allowing him to preserve his aging body.

Whether or not this style will launch the Lakers into Championship pedigree is still a question mark but, at the very least, it will help ensure that The King stays efficient for years to come.