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LeBron James ‘jealous’ of Kevin Durant’s shot attempts

LeBron James wants to shoot the ball more. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LeBron James is a two-time defending NBA champion and has won four MVP awards in the last five years, but the Heat star is still a little envious of Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

“I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he’s like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. … Man,” James told’s Tom Haberstroh.

James is averaging 26 points per game, his lowest average since his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers when he averaged 20.9 points off 16.1 shot attempts per game – tied for 18th in the league. Durant is third with 19.4 attempts.

“First of all, you have to have an unbelievable mindset to get up 30 shots,” James said (via “I always think about it, though. If I get up high-20s, 30 shots a game, what could I do today, with the way I’m playing?”

James is shooting a career high 59.1 percent from the field and explained that he’s “not much of a forced-shot guy” but still wonders why there are games where he doesn’t attempt more shots.

“There are games where I have it going, and then at the end of the game, I’m like, damn, I shot just 12-for-16? Why don’t I get up at least six or seven more? I definitely notice it,” he said (via

James last led the league in shots per game in 2008, when he won the NBA scoring title.

The Heat was honored for winning its second consecutive NBA title at the White House on Tuesday and will play the Washington Wizards tonight at 7 p.m.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.



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