LeBron James told Spectrum Sports that playing against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals forced him to improve his jumper.
"Because of the Spurs, in a lot of my early years, [they are] part of the reason why my jump shot is a lot better today. My first Finals appearance in '07 they went under on everything and I didn't shoot the ball, I wasn't comfortable with shooting the ball at that point in time in my career. So I give a lot of thanks to their scheme, a lot of thanks to a lot of other teams that I went against," said James.
James made his remarks after scoring 33 points in a 114-104 win over the Spurs on Monday night. The game also featured James moving into 18th place in all-time 3-pointers made.
Frank Vogel said that James will continue to make teams pay with 3's for going under on pick-and-rolls.
"We're going to keep the action moving and keep making the extra pass until it's open. We have open looks, this team is going to knock them down. LeBron was being played under on pick-and-rolls. He knows he's got the extra green light to load them up over the top. He's a deep shooter on our team and he made some big ones down the stretch, the whole second half, really."