Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

LeBron overruled Lue with 'Chicago' play-call that sealed win over Kings

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John Chick

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LeBron James overruling a head coach’s play-call is nothing new. It happened again Wednesday, when James sealed a 101-95 win over the Sacramento Kings on a 3-pointer with under 16 seconds left.

Not that Cavs coach Tyronn Lue had any problem with that.

“Was going to run a different play and then Bron said, ‘I want Chicago.'” Lue said afterward, per Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “So I said, ‘OK.'”

The story of play-call “Chicago” is, in its own right, one of The King pulling rank. In Game 2 of the 2015 Eastern Conference semis against the Chicago Bulls, James overrode then-coach David Blatt’s call for him to inbound the ball. “To be honest, the play that was drawn up, I scratched it,” James said at the time. “I told coach to give me the ball … we were either going to overtime or I was going to win it for us. It was that simple.”

Win that game he did, tying the series at two games apiece – even though Blatt had almost cost the Cavs the contest moments earlier by nearly being caught trying to call a timeout he didn’t have.

Two-and-a-half years later Blatt is long gone, but James’ clutch gene remains stronger than ever.

“I have other options, but tonight with five seconds on the shot clock, it was up to me to try and make a play and I was able to do that,” James said Wednesday.

“Chicago” isn’t a remotely complex ATO play at all. The inbounder finds James in motion, who then gets separation from the defender: On Wednesday that was a helpless JaKarr Sampson, and in 2015 it was Jimmy Butler.

James finished the win over the Kings with 32 points, and came up one assist short of a triple-double.



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