The One Goal LeBron James Still Hasn’t Reached In His Career Yet

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The One Goal LeBron James Still Hasn’t Reached In His Career Yet


One may think that LeBron James has reached every goal he has set for himself before entering the league in 2003 by now. 

4 Championship rings, 4 Finals MVP awards, 4 regular season MVP awards, 2 All-Star Game MVP awards, 2 Olympic gold medals, 16 All-Star Game nominations, 16 All NBA Teams, 5 All Defensive First Teams, and the Rookie of the Year Award.

But there is one little detail that seems to annoy LeBron. A goal he hasn’t been able to reach yet. A goal James talked to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin about a few years ago:


“I want to shoot 80 [percent] from the free throw line, man,” James told ESPN. “That’s my only goal. That’s my last goal of my NBA career. That’s my last one. I’ve done everything else.”


LeBron James is a career 73.4% free throw shooter. In his best free throwing season (2008/09), he made 78% of his free throws. In his last couple of seasons, LeBron wasn’t even close to hitting the 80% mark. In 2016-17, James made an underwhelming 67.4% from the line. He was able to improve that number in the 17/18 season to 73.1%, before shooting a subpar and career worst 66.5% in the 2018-19 season. Last year, James shot 69,3% from the charity stripe, and considering that he’s started the season with a 73,9%, it doesn’t appear to be too likely for LeBron James to reach this final goal of his…

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