LeBron James was worried about his elbow after the NBA Finals. The pain was so bad on his shooting arm he had to wear a compression sleeve even when he wasn’t working out. But now, he’s shooting better than he ever has a goal in mind he has yet to achieve in his career.
“I want to shoot 80 [percent] from the free-throw line, man,” James told ESPN. “That’s my only goal. That’s my last goal of my NBA career. That’s my last one. I’ve done everything else.”
The 32-year-old Cavaliers star is shooting as well as he ever has through four games this season. He’s making 61.4 percent of his shots from the field, 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and 88.2 percent from the free-throw line.
He has progressively gotten better in his mid-and long-range games over the last few seasons, but the number that sticks out there is the free-throw shooting percentage.
James’ shooting from the line has been one of the biggest knocks against him in his career. His career-best mark was 78 percent in 2008-09. But since he suffered swelling in his elbow this offseason, he was forced to make some adjustments to his shot which have resulted in a mere two missed free throws through his first 17 attempts.