LeBron James admits Steph Curry partly inspired no-look three-pointer
LeBron James pulled out a no-look 3-pointer during the Los Angeles Lakers’ rout of the Houston Rockets Tuesday night and admitted after the game that one of his biggest postseason nemeses inspired breaking out the burst of showmanship.
Already ahead by 21 points against the Rockets in the second quarter on the way to a 117-100 victory, James received a pass in the corner and launched up a triple, only to turn completely away from the basket before the ball swished through the net. To no surprise, the Lakers bench erupted.
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It was not lost on astute NBA fans that James’ no-look shot was remarkably similar to what Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry has pulled off from time to time.
After the game, James admitted he channeled Curry on the move.
“Steph [has] definitely probably done it the most in our league, and when you shoot the ball as beautiful and effortlessly and precisely as Steph does, he has the ultimate, ultra-green light to do that,” James said of his former NBA Finals foe, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “‘Cause 10 times out of nine, it’s going in for Steph.”
While James’ no-look triple was a nod to Curry, it sounds like the show-stopping shot was originally inspired by a wager with teammate Dennis Schröder, as the Lakers star shared postgame.
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“I told him to bet a Benjamin on it, so he shot it,” Schroder said. “Shot it and turned around and said, ‘Bet.’ Then, it went in. It’s just legendary.”
“I took the bet while I was still shooting the ball,” James added. “A bet isn’t official until you look a man in the eye, so I had to look him into the eye, and I was able to win that.”