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LeBron says he could win the scoring title if he wanted. Is that news?

Mar 26, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_dunk.jpgIn post game comments after the Cavaliers win last night, LeBron James said something that has gotten picked up by the media and blogsphere to day. We’ll take Brett Pollakoff’s version from FanHouse (because he and I think alike on this):

“If I really wanted to,” James said, “if I really wanted to be the scoring [champion] every single year — every single year — I could really do it. But it doesn’t matter.”

I heard the quote last night and moved on, but apparently this caught the attention of some. So three quick thoughts:

1) LeBron is telling the truth, he could win the scoring title every year if he made that his goal – the team would suffer and win less, but he could score plenty more points.

2) There are maybe half a dozen other players in the NBA who could say the exact same thing and it would be true: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant (who is just figuring this out), Carmelo Anthony. I may be forgetting one or two.

3) All of those guys score a lot, but they all also do it mostly within a team system, they dish out assists on nights the defense is focused too much on them. They are just trying to win. They are gifted scorers and usually using that gift is the best way to get a win, so they do it. But it is the win that matters, not the points.

Isn’t this all common knowledge? Is what LeBron said really interesting? Something we didn’t know? Apparently not. Apparently it’s news.

  1. sam - Mar 26, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    If it’s true for other players too, how come they don’t say stuff like that? I think it’s a sign of his inflated ego.

  2. DLEgend - Mar 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    This guy reminds me of Kemp with his physical abilities……and we all know what Kemp turned into when the metabolism slowed down in the late twenties. So Lebron, I could have played in the NBA but I chose to be an engineer……if I wanted to that is :)

  3. KobesNeyeG - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    I bet he could win any dance contest and clown contest if he wanted to as well

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