LOS ANGELES - LeBron James says he has not prepared a list of potential free-agency destinations should he opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer and does not believe his impending decision is affecting the Cavs' chemistry on the court.
Try as he might to deflect them, however, the questions will keep coming for James over the next few days, as he and the Cavaliers make their only trip of the season to Los Angeles. That is because LeBron said that there is still "too much work to do" in Cleveland right now.
Though the Lakers have won five of their last six games, they're lottery bound, and it's fair to wonder whether James, at 33, would have time to deal with the Lakers' steep learning curve.
When told of James' "all-time high" comment, Lue said, "Yeah, he's definitely playing well, and tonight we had to ride him a little bit more than we wanted to. Just been trusting my mechanics, trusting what I've put into the game and I was able to knock them down". LeBron probably doesn't even know.More news: Gunman takes hostages after shots fired at California veterans home
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James, for his part, doesn't seem to mind what seed the Cavs enter the playoffs as, telling reporters following Cleveland's win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday: "It doesn't matter to me if I'm a 6th seed, 3 seed, 2 seed, 8 seed".
Nine of his 39 at the Pepsi Center in Denver came in the final 1:41, including a fadeaway jumper from the left corner with Wilson Chandler draped all over him with 9.5 seconds left. Larry Nance Jr.is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing 3.2 assists.
I'm still not on the Cleveland Cavaliers hype train, as this team is inconsistent and continues to get torched on the defensive end, allowing 111 points on 48 percent shooting in their last five games. "Those are shots that, like, as a defender, you just turn around to your coach and go, 'I'm sorry, I don't know what you want from me.' But no, it was incredible".