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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers currently sit at 12-2 on the season, the best record in the NBA. A lot of that has to do with the team’s shutdown defense.

Los Angeles ranks No. 1 in the Association in points against at 101.1 per and tops all teams in defensive rating.

Most will point to the additions of Avery Bradley and Danny Green as the primary reasons for this. However, James has returned to the same form that saw him earn All-Defensive Team honors six times earlier in his career.

The King let officials on hand during Los Angeles’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night know all about it. He’s actually playing defense after a hiatus over the past couple seasons.

This interaction is everything.

If the three-time NBA champion is actually out here playing defense, it’s going to cause fits for opposing teams as the Lakers look to take home the title.

A group consisting of James, Bradley, Green, Anthony Davis and either JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard is going to be hard to score on.

Consider yourself warned.

Vincent Frank
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