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LeBron James on His Latest Lethal Weapon: The Cross-Court Bullet Pass

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Ethan SkolnickContributor IIJanuary 21, 2017

MIAMI — When you're the best, you sometimes need to beat back boredom.

Week to week, game to game, quarter to quarter, LeBron James appears to be entertaining himself by finding some fresh fascination.

For a spell, it seemed to be the baseline fadeaway out of the post.

When playing the Dallas Mavericks, it was stealing Dirk Nowitzki's specialty, the one-footed, knee-extended jumper.

And against the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, he again broke out the cross-court bullet pass. We've seen this before in a variety of forms, whether over-the-top or backhanded with his left or right hand. 

Here, for instance, was one against the Indiana Pacers during the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals:

But Saturday's was somewhat unique and extreme in its degree of difficulty in that it came after a steal and at full sprint in transition:

"Just trying to get it there as fast as I can," James said. "It's on a line, and it's a dart. Just trying to get it there before the defense can even react. I found Ray (Allen) twice on that. He was able to knock one down. He wasn't able to get the second one off. But I'm just trying to get the ball there, and just trying to put my guys in position to be successful and score."

James insisted that he doesn't plan to tinker with a particular skill per evening, even if it does appear that he does.

"Just how the play develops or just reacting," James said. "You know, what's the best way to get the ball there, and the quickest way to get the ball there. Sometimes those plays are what it's about."

He said he can fire the pass at about the same speed with either hand.

"Ever since school, I was writing with my left hand," James said. "I eat with my left hand. So I knew I was always kind of like, weird, when I would play sports and I would shoot with my right hand or throw a football with my right hand. I always kind of knew I had both hands, I could go to both of them. It was pretty cool."

It wasn't just in basketball or football either.

"When I would play softball in the summertime, I could switch-hit," James said. "Play kickball, I could kick with my left and my right foot. If you know about kickball..."

You know he pegged plenty of runners from across the diamond, without looking.

 

Ethan Skolnick covers the Heat for Bleacher Report.

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