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Those around James say the scrutiny drives him.

James, for his part, says he does his best to ignore it all.

“I can’t worry about what people say about me, about my game, about who I am as a person,”, James said. “I can’t get involved in that. People can have their own opinions, and rightfully so. They can have their own opinions. For me I just go out and play at a high level, and do whatever it takes for us to win. And I can be happy with that.”