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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander issues warning for LeBron James

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looking in

Nov 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is licking his chops for the next meeting with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star Gilgeous-Alexander made his first career All-Star Game appearance Sunday, coming off the bench for Team Giannis. In the first half, Gilgeous-Alexander thought he had an open lane to the basket … only for James to pull an All-Star surprise and block his shot.

After the game, Gilgeous-Alexander spoke on the block, a rarity in zero-defense All-Star Games, and issued a warning for James.

“He wasn’t playing no defense,” said Gilgeous-Alexander of James, per Nick Crane of Forbes. “Then the one time I tried to get a dunk, he wanna play defense. I got something for that next time though.”

Gilgeous-Alexander and Team Giannis went on to defeat Team LeBron by the final of 184-175. If it makes Gilgeous-Alexander feel any better, James did have to pay a price for his block.

The Thunder, who won in a matchup against the Lakers earlier this month, meet them again on March 1 and on March 22. James may have to watch his head during those ones as a Gilgeous-Alexander poster could be incoming.


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