LeBron James practices free throws with Ray Allen

Four MVP awards later, LeBron is still working on improving his game

5/8/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Jan 14, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) prepares to shoot a free throw during the first half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY SportsHe just won his 4th MVP award, but LeBron James knows there are still potential areas of improvement in his game.

The final frontier: The free throw line.

Opposing coaches have listed his free throw shooting as his only weakness in scouting reports, and LeBron agrees. His career free throw percentage is .747, but wants to get it to .800 or higher.

He's been working with one of the all-time greats to try to boost his percentage. Teammate Ray Allen has made nearly 90% of his free throws over the course of his 17-year career. Allen is known as one of the all-time greatest shooters in the NBA.

So LeBron has decided to start working with Ray Allen for his shooting drills, both from the free throw line and from the field. LeBron has been emulating Allen's free throw ritual, from start to finish, and it might be helping. He was 7-for-9 in Game 1.

LeBron James isn't perfect. Yet. But if he keeps working tirelessly like this on the few aspects of his game that still are considered weaknesses, there should be no question that he'll eventually take the title of "greatest player of all time."

He's already closer than you think.
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