This is not a good look for LeBron James.
The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is taking some heat after a pretty clear lapse in both hustle and focus Monday night against the Indiana Pacers.
James, known throughout much of his NBA career as someone who works hard on both ends of the floor, blatantly quit on a play. Indiana’s Paul George stole a Cleveland inbounding attempt and took off the other way. James started to chase him down for a few steps before giving up, allowing George to coast for an uncontested dunk.
Not a great look for LeBron — cancel his lunch.
James easily could have chased down George and at least fouled him. It just as likely could have been a chase-down block, something James has showcased during his entire career. That hustle play is so prevalent in James’ game, as a matter of fact, that there’s a 20-minute highlight compilation on YouTube.
In the end, James’ lack of hustle didn’t cost the Cavs, who eked out a 100-96 win.
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