LeBron James is “accepting of criticism”, according to Los Angeles Lakers team-mate Danny Green.
The 34-year-old is widely considered one of the greatest players in NBA history after winning the MVP award four times in his career.
Green, who also played with James at the Cleveland Cavaliers between 2009 and 2010, knows the basketball superstar better than most.
And he believes it is “most surprising” that James is willing to take criticism in the veteran stage of his career.
When asked by LeBronWire to compare James between then and now, Green said: “He’s always been vocal. He’s just got that championship DNA right now.
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“He’s matured over the years not only as a player but as a person. He does more things off the court with teammates. We bond, we have a group that’s in-tune and he knows how important that is for us to be clicking on the court.
“And it’s the most surprising thing to me at this point in his career is he’s a guy that’s accepting criticism to learn and will actually listen to his teammates to let them push him. You don’t see guys who are superstars, or even guys that are the greatest player to ever play or the greatest of his era, willing to openly be accepting of criticism. Actually listening to teammates. Not just giving orders but taking orders.
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“Yes, he’s been a great leader not just to win but he cares about the group and the bigger picture.”
Pressed on any stories of James recently taking criticism for the improvement of the Lakers team, Green replied: “There’s so many, there’s not just one. He’ll take ownership when he does mess up.
“In a film session he will say that’s my box-out, that’s my x-out, that guy there was a miss. And we will tell him, ‘Bron you need to do this, we need to you be more aggressive, we need you to pass more, he’ll listen.
“He’ll actually take that with a positive attitude and actually apply it to the game to help our team.”
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