LeBron James told Raptors players how to run their own plays


Former Cavs general manager David Griffin recalls overhearing LeBron coaching the Raps during a game last season on how to properly execute one of theirs sets.

"It's just about growing, maturing, and understanding that you play smarter", James said, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. "There's no play you'll run against him he can't name, and then go out there and teach your players how to do it better than anyone else".

Playing second fiddle to the 33-year-old, Irving and James still formed an effective partnership as they helped the Cleveland side famously come back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 against the Golden State Warriors in 2016 to give the franchise their first-ever National Basketball Association championship.

James' squad has knocked the Raptors out of the postseason each of the last three years.

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"So he never got the chance to take the natural progression in his career where he had to try to carry the load and see how good he could be".

"It's just trying to save pockets of energy throughout, especially the second half, when I know it's going to be a possession game", James said. And I remember saying, 'Oh this is not good.

Six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen went on ESPN's "The Jump" on Tuesday and explained why he thinks the Celtics can beat the Cavs and advance to the NBA Finals.