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LeBron James recently shed light on his reluctance to increase his 3-point shooting volume despite encouragement from his coaching staff.

During his podcast “Mind the Game with JJ Redick,” James opened up about the pressure he feels to conform to the trend of higher 3-point attempts in today’s game.

“I can definitely tell you that some of our coaches want me to shoot more 3s. They’re encouraging it, but I can’t do it,” James explained, via Matthew Valento of Lakers Nation. “It’s not an ego thing. If I’m shooting 12-14 3s a game, I feel like I can hit six or seven of them. But I’m not putting enough pressure on the defense.”

Despite his proficiency from beyond the arc, shooting at 41% this season, James prioritizes maintaining offensive versatility and keeping defenders guessing.

With an average of 5.1 three-point attempts per game, James remains selective in his shot selection, focusing on creating opportunities to attack the rim and apply pressure on opposing defenses.

“I have to put some fear in the defense,” James emphasized, highlighting the importance of balancing perimeter shooting with driving to the basket.