If there is one player, you would want to see in your team in the playoffs, it has to be LeBron James. Even though he suffered the longest injury of his career, yet he found a way back to resurrect to the best of his form when his Los Angeles Lakers’ team needed him the most in the Round 1 action against Phoenix Suns.
However, Lebron might be scoring big, but it has still left NBA Analyst Charles Barkley suspect that the former player is not back at his very best. For the Lakers, the points to rejoice are the comeback of Anthony Davis and improved performance from LeBron James. But still, can Frank Vogel become free from worries about his star duo?
What did Charles Barkley say about LeBron James ahead of Game 4 between Lakers vs Suns?
In a recent episode of NBA on TNT, NBA Hall of Famer turned analyst Charles Barkley gave his assessment of LeBron’s recent performance. Although he agreed that the Akron Hammer showed some character in the second half of Game 3, he also raised doubts over his overall postseason performance.
The 58-YO legend expressed, “remember when Chris Haynes said, he got an injury, that he told he’s not going to heal until [indiscernible]. But there is something wrong with him. But he was a little bit aggressive in the second half. I can just tell, watching the first three games, he’s not been aggressive as he normally be looking to pass the ball. But… he said hey, I’m not gonna sit out. I’m gonna play.”
Statistically speaking, LeBron James has never averaged below 23.7 in a playoff during his 14 season appearances before this one. Although Anthony Davis has found his rhythm, LeBron can not afford to leave the offense on AD’s shoulders in the upcoming games.
Playing with a purpose and staying more aggressive on the offense will stay a key for LeBron. In fact, this will ease some load off AD’s shoulders, who is often double-teamed.
Having said that, the NBA World saw LeBron James yelling at Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, forcing him to attempt more shots.