James, Jump Shots and NBA Title
Perhaps the biggest development in the FIBA Americas TournamentÂ was the excellent jump shooting provided by LeBron James: 76 percent from the field and 23-for-37 from behind the arc. He capped things off by hitting eight 3-pointers against Argentina in the gold-medal game, powering the U.S. to a 118-81 victory.
James obviously wasnâ€™t content with his 2006-07 performance.Â He started working heavily on his jump shot during last yearâ€™s playoffs, when it became apparent that nobody other than Daniel Gibson was able to connect from outside. Then he spent hours in the gym this summer with Cavaliers director of development Chris Jent. It appears those hours have paid off.
But is it enough? Cleveland hasnâ€™t done anything to improve last yearâ€™s roster — not even a draft pick to speak of. Coach Mike Brown didnâ€™t impress during the postseason with his conservative approach, and other teams in the East — Hello, Boston! — are threatening to overtake the Cavs in the standings.
King James will have to find even more areas to improve on if his team has any hope of winning the title at 8-1. How about those free throws?