LeBron James is not just the King.
According to James' Los Angeles Lakers teammate Jared Dudley, he is also the System.
Dudley disclosed to Newsday's Greg Logan that James calls "80 to 90 percent" of the Lakers' plays while discussing the probability that the Brooklyn Nets hire Tyronn Lue as their new head coach. Dudley played for the Nets in 2018-19 before joining the Lakers and had Lue as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013-14.
"With superstar players, it’s a partnership. When you're not dealing with superstars, coaches want players to fit their system. But superstars are the system. The Warriors, when Kevin Durant came, they played more iso ball than the year before. Kevin Durant made them change who they were because of his talent.
"Our thing here is that LeBron is the system. The coach might call plays, but LeBron is calling 80 to 90 percent of the plays when he’s in there. Now coach (Frank Vogel) is really great on Xs and Os out of timeouts."
Dudley chimed in:
Jared Dudley @JaredDudley619
Both are deserving.. one player has a whole new team, new coaching staff, and pre season had lakers as the 4th seed... Lakers didn’t even make the playoffs last year. Look on court to off court numbers. Bucks have pretty much everybody back from last year, and finished 1st https://t.co/rER0iuOhtU
James' individual excellence has permeated throughout the Lakers' revamped roster. L.A. clinched its first playoff berth since the 2012-13 campaign after defeating the league-best 53-10 Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 on March 6:
The 49-14 Lakers hold the fourth-best offensive rating and seventh-best scoring offense (114.3 points per game). At 35 years old, James is averaging 25.7 points, 10.6 assists, 7.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 34.9 minutes across 60 starts.