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Bronny James is looking massive in viral photo

Bronny James

A photo of Bronny James looking absolutely massive went viral on Wednesday.

Bronny is 16 and a sophomore at Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles. He is an emerging prospect as a basketball player, and his stock may be soaring now that he’s obviously hit a massive growth spurt.

This photo came from a workout Bronny had with his father, LeBron.

Bronny was looking huge and already like a full-grown man even at 16.

The photo led to all kinds of jokes of the sort:

And here is a comparison of LeBron at 16 vs. Bronny at 16.

Bronny looks like he’s in a totally different world from his dad when it comes to having a developed body. He is going to be a factor. One former NBA All-Star has said that Bronny is going to be “special.

Photo: Colin Hass-Hill/Eleven Warriors via CC-BY-SA 2.0

The LeBron Effect: How LeBron James impacted his Lakers teammates

LeBron James

Given the monumental impact that star players have in the NBA, the simple fact that basketball is a team game can often get overlooked. One of the defining tests of NBA superstardom is a player’s ability to positively influence his teammates’ play. Stars can improve a teammate’s play through not only their own play, but also their presence; the greatest players of all-time carry an aura with them that embodies winning.

Four-time NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James has illustrated this aura throughout the entirety of his 17-year career. James has the power to thrust his teammates into an unfamiliar position — directly in the spotlight.

If these players deliver when they are called upon, their legacies are cemented next to role players like Steve Kerr, whose famous 1997 Finals-winning shot lives on eternally in the Role Player Hall of Fame. Failure to deliver, however, means a player will be exposed to a level of scrutiny unlike ever before. This phenomenon experienced by James’ teammates can be known as the “LeBron Effect.”

James’ impact on his teammates is so profound that his influence was felt not just by younger players, but also by accomplished veterans like Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo over last season.

Here is a look at how James impacted the play of his teammates last season.

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LeBron James trolls Donald Trump over election result

LeBron James

Frequent Donald Trump critic LeBron James was quick to react on Saturday after Trump was projected to lose his re-election bid.

Major news networks and other news sources officially projected that Trump had been defeated by former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday morning. That prompted a social media response from James, who trolled Trump on Instagram with an edited image of one of the most famous and iconic moments of James’ career.

The conflict between James and Trump turned personal at times. Crowds at Trump rallies had even turned on James in recent weeks.

This is far from the first time James has gone after Trump on social media. With Trump set to leave office in January, it may be one of the last.

LeBron James reacts to possible NBA December return

LeBron James

LeBron James has made his feelings on the NBA’s proposed December start quite clear.

On Thursday, the NBPA tentatively agreed to a proposed Dec. 22 start date for a shortened 2020-21 NBA season. That will give teams who played deep into the offseason very little time to rest and prepare for the new campaign.

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of those teams. The schedule would leave just 71 days between the Lakers’ championship and the start of a new season, making it the shortest offseason in the history of America’s four major professional sports.

James happened to see that stat on ESPN Friday, and he didn’t hide his displeasure.

James isn’t a fan. That’s not a shock. One of his teammates questioned whether he’d even play the first part of the season in this scenario. We don’t know for sure yet, but it doesn’t sound like James approves of what the players and league agreed to.

‘LeBron James sucks’ chant breaks out at Trump rally

LeBron James

Donald Trump made his last round of appearances at various U.S. cities on Monday in advance of the presidential election, and LeBron James became a topic of discussion at one of the rallies. Let’s just say people did not have nice things to say about the Los Angeles Lakers star.

As he often does, Trump spoke at a Pennsylvania rally about the social justice movement in the NBA and said the league’s decrease in television ratings can be attributed to it. The president said he “felt badly for LeBron” because of the lower ratings in the playoffs. It wasn’t long before a “LeBron James sucks!” chant broke out.

LeBron is openly anti-Trump and has bashed the president and his administration numerous times in the past. Trump has responded by criticizing LeBron and the NBA for their relationship with China.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has stood behind LeBron in the past during some of the Lakers star’s social media spats with Trump.

LeBron James shows love to DK Metcalf with new nickname

LeBron James

It’s clear that LeBron James is a big fan of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.

On Sunday, James posted a picture of Metcalf on social media, adding a comment that he and Metcalf are “built different.” James even added his own nickname for the Seahawks star: “Baby Bron.”

That one just might catch on. Fortunately for Metcalf, LeBron is a pretty good athlete to be favorably compared to.

It’s also understandable that James sees some of himself in Metcalf. Both are big, physical stars with immense skill to match their strength and agility. You only need to see this play Metcalf made to understand just how special he is.

Metcalf added two more touchdowns to his season total on Sunday, bringing him up to seven for the year in as many games.

Danny Green expects LeBron James to miss first month of season

LeBron James

The NBA is in the process of reworking its schedule, and the changes could lead to some players missing the start of the season. At least that’s what one player thinks.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green was a guest on “The Ringer NBA Show” for an episode published on Monday. Green talked about the NBA’s plan to start training camp for next season around Dec. 1. The regular season reportedly would begin slightly before Christmas Day.

Green says he wouldn’t expect a player like LeBron James to be there for the beginning of the season.

“To have that quick of a restart, I wouldn’t expect to see (LeBron) there. I wouldn’t expect to see him probably for the first month of the season. I don’t expect guys to want to be there or show up willingly,” Green said.

Green pointed out how the Lakers were recently in the NBA Finals and wouldn’t have much time off. He also noted how many veterans they have, like Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard, in addition to James. Other teams that got eliminated from the playoffs earlier might be ready for a late December start, but Green does not think some Lakers would be ready for the season to start soon.

The NBA is hoping to have fans at games next season and considering playing MLB-style series.

Anonymous agent trashes Rich Paul, LeBron James for costing clients money

LeBron James

Rich Paul has become one of the most powerful agents in sports thanks to his relationship with LeBron James, and there are others in the industry who do not approve of the empire the duo has built.

Ben Standig and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic anonymously surveyed NBA agents to get some of their thoughts on LeBron, and one took the opportunity to unload on James, Paul and Klutch Sports. The agent criticized the arrangement LeBron and Paul have and essentially said LeBron is illegally recruiting clients for Klutch Sports.

“The worst thing that LeBron is doing is forcing this power with Rich Paul and what that is, in terms of, he’s a player, but he has prowess in the media space,” the agent said. “His company Spring Hill, that’s awesome. Doing the movies and all of the projects. That’s so commendable. I love that. But now that they’ve jumped into the agent game, which the reality is, it’s illegal for a player, particularly if you’re in the state of California, to be licensed to represent talent.

“Now I know it’s this façade that it’s Rich Paul, but it’s really LeBron who recruits for Rich Paul. So it’s almost like they’re trying to control AAU at the NBA level.”

The agent went on to say that he understands why clients who idolize James would sign with Klutch Sports, and he compared the situation to when players wanted Michael Jordan’s agent David Falk to represent them. However, the agent said there have been some “massive casualties” for players who have been mismanaged by the agency. Two players who were mentioned were Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nerlens Noel.

“I’m starting to hear some rumblings that they might be overloaded. Because you can’t have this level of expectation for a client and service all of these guys. Ben Simmons. Garland. I know this as an agent, you can’t service them all at this level,” the agent said. “You can seduce them, but you can’t service them all, at that level with what they say they’re doing. Nerlens Noel. Norris Cole. Shabazz Muhammed. They lost $80 million in Detroit. This is real talk.”

Noel, if you remember, turned down bigger offers to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder two years ago. He has played 16.1 minutes per game and averaged just 6.2 points in two seasons with the team.

Klutch Sports has certainly grown at a rapid pace, even expanding to other sports outside of basketball. LeBron has obviously made that possible, and bitterness from other agents and agencies is to be expected. Whether or not those agents are right about the ethical issues is a matter of opinion.

Video: LeBron James had funny conversation with Larry O’Brien Trophy

LeBron James Larry O'Brien Trophy

LeBron James was feeling great after winning his fourth NBA championship on Sunday. A new video clip shows just what a good mood he was in.

The clip shows James talking to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which is awarded to the team that wins the NBA championship. James spoke to the trophy and joked with it about cheating on him the last four years.

“I can’t believe you cheated on me for the last five years. Dirty! Can’t believe you cheated on me the last four years. What is wrong with you?” James joked.

James’ previous championship came in 2016 when his Cleveland Cavaliers came back from down 3-1 to beat the Golden State Warriors. Since then, the Warriors won two championships and the Toronto Raptors won the other. And now James is back on top with his fourth title.

He and the trophy are in more of a long-term on-and-off relationship than anything else. James also had a nice tribute to Kobe Bryant, to whom he dedicated the championship.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

LeBron James sends Instagram tribute to Kobe Bryant after winning championship

LeBron James

LeBron James sent an Instagram tribute to Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night, three days after his Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

The Lakers dedicated the rest of their season to Bryant after the late Lakers star died in a helicopter crash on January 26. James and Anthony Davis got tribute tattoos for the Black Mamba and played with him on their mind.

James’ tribute to Bryant showed him with the Mamba’s No. 24 jersey across his lap. The post’s caption said: “Hope I’m made you proud my brother!! Love and miss you Champ!!”

When James signed with the Lakers two years ago, his goal was to return them to the top of the basketball world. Once the team acquired Davis in a trade with the Pelicans last year, that goal became much more attainable.

James now has won four championships in his career, and they have come with three different teams. He is one shy of the five titles Bryant won.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.