Chris Broussard explains why this NBA All-Star weekend was a shining moment for LeBron James

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Reflecting on the 2018 NBA All-Star game, Chris Broussard joins Shannon Sharpe,Skip Bayless and Joy Taylor to discuss LeBron James' performance leading Team LeBron to a 148-145 win over Team Steph.

- What was your biggest takeaway from the game?

CHRIS BROUSSARD: Well first, I thought, as you guys just said, he was the star of the weekend. First, by the way he handled Laura Ingraham's comments. Those were really ignorant, and I don't even know if she understands how racist they were. But his message, more than an athlete, I work with a lot of young African-American boys, and too many believe that all they can do is play sports. And so, to have the best athlete in the world saying, I'm more than an athlete, there are things more important than this, there are other things that are important that you can do in life. That's a powerful message.

But from that to the game, I think LeBron just continued to have a tremendous weekend. And my greatest take away from the game, and I don't even mean-- there's no pun intended. It showed me how he is the king of the league right now. Because number one, he, more than any other player, set the tone for a competitive game.

You know, Steph, as you say is eating popcorn on the bench. And I don't think team Steph came out with the same intensity as team LeBron. LeBron got a steal in the first minute, so a defensive approach. And so, I think he kind of helped set the tone, and the other players followed him to what ended up becoming arguably the most competitive all-star game we've seen in those last minutes. I mean, the way they were contesting shots--

- Oh yeah.

- --and all that. It was incredible.

The second thing that I thought really highlighted Lebron's leadership in the league, was the way the players deferred to him. He was on the court at the end of the game with Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook, two of the greatest point guards in the league. Two point guards who don't defer to anybody. And Kyrie, we know, he left LeBron. But at the end of the game, with those two on the court, who's running point? LeBron is running point. Kyrie is giving him the ball in the back court.

- But who had the most assists in the game?

- Kyrie.

- Kyrie had 10.

- Oh.

- But at the end of the game, LeBron gave it to Kyrie, and Kyrie obviously had the great assist on the game--

- He did.

- --with the lay up. So, it was like LeBron was hogging the point.

- No.

- But when he wanted to run point, they gave it to him. When LeBron stayed back in the back court, and Kyrie had the ball, he'd give it to LeBron.

- What do I always say? He's the best passer in basketball, and he still is. Go ahead.

- So, the fact that those two got off the ball, that was big time deferential to me. And then, I think LeBron, and this goes back knowing him as a younger kid, or knowing people that knew him when he was a younger kid, he's always wanted great players around him. He's always felt most comfortable when there are other guys on his team that can do something. And I thought he was so excited yesterday to have these great players with him, particularly Kevin Durant, that he guarded Joel Embiid. And I know LeBron has never liked guarding bigger players in the post. Never.

SKIP BAYLESS: LeBron did, not Kevin. LeBron did.

CHRIS BROUSSARD: Yeah, LeBron did.

- He was having a hard time.

CHRIS BROUSSARD: Yeah, of course. I mean, he couldn't guard him.

SKIP BAYLESS: I got it. I got it.

- He couldn't, but he tried. The fact that he was willing--

SHANNON SHARPE: Well, what we've seen LeBron do this before. You remember in the finals, when you guarded Tim Duncan? Oh, you remember he was playing the five. You remember that. You remember what I'm talking about.

- But he doesn't like doing that.

- I remember that Ray Allen stuff. I remember that.

CHRIS BROUSSARD: And I know, coaches have told he doesn't it like guarding bigger--

- No, no.

- --guys down low. If he's willing to do that, like you said, he's done it in the past here and there. If he's willing to do that in the playoffs, in the regular season, the cast could have a ridiculous, small lineup that would be very hard to handle. You could basically surround him with three point shooters, athletes, if he's willing to do that to some degree. So--

SKIP BAYLESS: He will be.

- --my takeaway was that this was really a shining moment for LeBron. That's not even mentioning the game winning basket, and a three point shot he hit.