Miami Heat star LeBron James has revealed that he dreams of being given the offensive freedom afforded to Kevin Durant in Oklahoma, admitting to a degree of jealousy that the Thunder talisman has three NBA scoring titles to his name.
James was the NBA's scoring king back in 2009 during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with his shots-per-game falling with Miami to allow Durant to take the crown in three of the last four seasons.
Miami's leading man does of course have two successive NBA titles and multiple MVP crowns to console himself with, but has shared some frustration at being way down at a tie for 18th on the list of players with the most field goal attempts.
He told ESPN.com: "I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he’s like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. … man.
“I’m not much of a forced-shot guy. But there are games where I have it going, and then at the end of the game, I’m like, damn, I shot just 12-for-16? Why don’t I get up at least six or seven more? I definitely notice it.
“First of all, you have to have an unbelievable mindset to get up 30 shots,” James said. “I always think about it, though. If I get up high-20s, 30 shots a game, what could I do today, with the way I’m playing?”
Despite being forced to rotate shot selection in a star-studded Heat line-up James is arguably playing some of the most consistent basketball of his career this season, with favourable stats including a career-high 59.1% success rate from field goal range.
The battle for MVP this season is very much a two-horse race, with Durant's diligence up against the star power of LeBron for the title of this season's leading light.