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LeBron James revealed who inspired him to improve his defensive mindset and become a top defender in the NBA.

The superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers said it was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mike Brown, that challenged him to improve.

“I’d probably give a lot of credit to Mike Brown. He came in with a defensive mindset with a defensive strategy to Cleveland when he got the head coaching job.

He told me he wanted me to be just as good as I was on the offensive end; he wanted me to be even better on the defensive end, and it started with a lot of communication.

I wanted to take that next step in my career because I wanted to get better, and I wanted to compete for championships. I started to take that leadership as far as my communication being loud, speaking calls out, getting into the film session a little bit more—diving into that,” James told reporters, via Ryan Ward of Clutchpoints.

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Yiannis Bouranis is a 28-year-old sports journalist, with a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism from Sheffield Hallam University. Yiannis is TalkBasket’s Chief Editor and has covered the EuroLeague Final Four (2017 – 2019), the FIBA Basketball World Cup (2019) and the NBA Paris Game (2020) as an accredited journalist.



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