LeBron James: How assists play part in evolution of NBA's biggest star


SportsPulse: LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo clearly had an agenda when picking their rosters for the 2020 NBA All-Star game.


LOS ANGELES — As he scanned the NBA’s all-time assists list, Jason Kidd quickly realized something. The Los Angeles Lakers’ assistant coach believes LeBron James can surpass him for No. 2 on the list.

“I’m all for it. That means guys are making shots,” Kidd told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s why I hope I’m in play.”

Will that be in play?

In his 17th NBA season, James ranks No. 8 on the  all-time assists list (9,213), trailing only Chris Paul (9,530), Oscar Robertson (9,887), Magic Johnson (10,141), Mark Jackson (10,334), Steve Nash (10,335), Kidd (12,091) and John Stockton (15,806). As a former opposing player,opposing coach and current assistant, Kidd has seen James make countless highlight reels involving cross-court passes, no-look passes and simple bounce passes. But Kidd conceded, “as talented as he is, No. 1 is not in play.”

James, who will play in his 17th NBA All-Star game Sunday in Chicago partly because he has averaged a career-high 10.8 assists per game, would have to play at least…

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