James 15th in league in trips to the line

Updated: March 3, 2005, 12:49 AM ET
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LeBron James wants to contribute even more to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he needs help -- from the officials.

LeBron James
Small Forward
Cleveland Cavaliers
Profile
2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
53 25.3 7.1 7.7 .482 .749

In addition to the frustrations of a three-game losing streak, James is concerned about how the games are being called.

"I feel like I've been more aggressive in the last three games than I have been in my whole career and I'm still not getting the respect that I think I deserve," James told the Akron Beacon Journal. "It has been going on for so long, it's frustrating."

Despite ranking seventh in the league in scoring at 25.3 points per game, James ranks only 15th in free throws attempted at 7.3 per game. Players such as Dwyane Wade and Corey Maggette have been going to the line more often.

One explanation for the discrepancy: James' strength and effortless play.

"When he creates the contact, they're going to give him the foul," coach Paul Silas told the paper. "When he tries to avoid contact he might get clipped, but they're not going to give him that. He's learning."

Regardless of the officiating, James doesn't plan to change his aggressive game.

"I'm not settling for jump shots, even if I'm still not going to the line," James told the Beacon Journal. "I'm going to keep on doing it."

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