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Summer shot changes prompted by sore elbow could position James for fifth MVP award

Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal on

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"LeBron is playing as well as I've ever seen him," the Bulls' Fred Hoiberg said Monday. "He's shooting the ball at a career number. He'll play 41 minutes, then you see him do an interview after the game and he's not even breathing hard. It's crazy what he's still able to accomplish as effortlessly as he does it."

In his fifth year in the Eastern Conference, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he's come to expect the best from James.

"He's a phenomenal player and I think he takes a lot of pride in being the best," Budenholzer said on Nov. 30. "If that means shooting better or defending better or passing more or rebounding more, he has a knack or a determination to be that guy."

Although he turns 33 on Dec. 30, James said Saturday his best could be yet to come.

"I don't put a ceiling on how well I can continue to get better and better," he said. "I just don't feel like I've reached my potential."

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