LeBron: ‘I Don’t Want to Be Called a Point Guard’

by November 03, 2010

James may be playing the role down in Miami quite a bit, he just doesn’t want the label. ESPN reports: “Compare him to Magic Johnson — just don’t call him Magic Johnson. Watch him bring the ball up and get his team into the offense for at least half the game’s possessions, just list him at forward on the All-Star ballot. The Miami Heat public relations staff is fully on board. Tuesday night they announced James’ 12 assists in the team’s latest blowout victory (129-97 over the Minnesota Timberwolves) was the highest in franchise history by a forward. Lamar Odom, who had the mark dating to 2004 with 11, might consider filing a protest. James is playing point guard for the Heat and a lot of it. He is playing the Magic role that team president Pat Riley sold to him during free agency. The offense is running though him and he’s taking turns feeding Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and even James Jones, who had 17 points. Not that James is willing to call himself a point guard. ‘I know I’m going to do a lot of ball handling for this team,” said James, who was bothered by a sore leg and had no rebounds, but 20 points. ‘Do I want to be called a point guard? I don’t know.’ Actually he does know. This from a minute later in the conversation: ‘I don’t want to be called a point guard, but I can’t stop it.'”