In his defense: LeBron isn’t a liability on ‘D’

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There are those suggesting he’s on the decline and no longer able to generate the necessary energy to dominate on that end. James, who anchored the Lakers’ 125-119 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday with a key defensive stop down the stretch that forced a turnover and subsequently nailed a 3-pointer to seal it, welcomes the challenge of teams targeting him defensively.’ data-reactid=”10″>There are those suggesting he’s on the decline and no longer able to generate the necessary energy to dominate on that end. James, who anchored the Lakers’ 125-119 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday with a key defensive stop down the stretch that forced a turnover and subsequently nailed a 3-pointer to seal it, welcomes the challenge of teams targeting him defensively.

“I mean, every team has the right if they want to single me out defensively. Come on with it,” James told Yahoo Sports. “Hey, listen, come on with it. Every team has the right to be like, ‘Oh, ’Bron’s over there.’ Hey, just come on with it. … We’ll see what happens.”


Jrue Holiday had Brandon Ingram draped on him, but used a screen set by Julius Randle to get the switch on James.’ data-reactid=”23″>The Lakers held a three-point lead against the Pelicans (27-36) with 1:12 remaining in the game. New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday had Brandon Ingram draped on him, but used a screen set by Julius Randle to get the switch on James.

Holiday sized up James near the top of the key before passing the ball to Darius Miller and then receiving it back. Holiday then began his dribble attack and changed directions multiple times, but James smothered him step for step.

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