LeBron James is still the King.
James put together an exemplary performance against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, scoring 28 points in a comeback victory. That was enough for teammate Kyle Kuzma to crown his teammate in victory.
Kuz crowned the King pic.twitter.com/Q9UMf5aZE9
— ESPN (@espn) March 8, 2020
It may be a response to a recent ad depicting Kawhi Leonard’s “reign” over Los Angeles. Either way, message sent.
The crown has certainly become an ongoing feature in recent weeks. We saw Giannis Antetokounmpo do it in response to James a few months ago. It’s safe to say, however, that James isn’t letting that crown go easily, and it is probably going to set up a very interesting set of playoff matchups in the months to come.
LeBron James had a message for those who say he is too friendly with his opponents.
James had a triple-double (34 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists) in his Los Angeles Lakers’ 122-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. He prevailed over Zion Williamson, who had 35 points for the Pelicans. The two were trading buckets and seemed to inspire one another.
LeBron drills the 3 right in Zion's face pic.twitter.com/BkG8FsdHC6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 2, 2020
The two players held a long embrace on the court after the game, which led to a line of questioning about their friendship.
LeBron and Zion postgame.
Much respect pic.twitter.com/dgR55K82bD
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 2, 2020
“Anybody that says that ‘LeBron, why would he do that while he’s playing? It’s a sign of weakness — he’s buddy-buddy with the guys thath he’s going against.’ Tell them to kiss my a–. With a smile, too!” James said after the game.
On his words to Zion, LeBron says he thinks it’s his responsibility to mentor: “Anybody that says, ‘LeBron, why would he do that while he’s playing? He’s showing signs of weakness, he’s buddy-buddy with these guys he’s going against.’ Tell em to kiss my ass. With a smile, too.” pic.twitter.com/pKSSiU5OrN
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) March 2, 2020
James declined to tell the media what he said to Zion after the game. But his performance on the court does seem to send a message that he can take it to an opponent during a game while still being friendly with them afterwards.
James has now faced the top two picks in the 2019 NBA Draft in consecutive games and has helped bring out some great performances from both of them.
LeBron James had nothing but super high praise for Ja Morant after facing the rookie’s Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
Morant scored 27 points and added 14 assists in Memphis’ 105-88 win over James’ Los Angeles Lakers. That was a huge win for the Grizzlies, who are contending for the final playoff spot in the West.
The excellent performance, coupled with Morant’s play all year, led to praise from James after the game.
“The kid is super special,” James said Saturday via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Like I said when we just played him in L.A., Memphis got a great one. They got a great one. So, the sky’s the limit for the kid.”
LeBron is not alone in his praise of Morant. The No. 2 pick out of Murray State has averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 assists per game this season and has already given Grizzlies fans huge hopes for the future. He’s also a contender for NBA Rookie of the Year.
James wouldn’t say that about any player either, so that means something extra and probably will only motivate Morant to continue being the best player he can be.
LeBron James will miss the Los Angeles Lakers’ upcoming game against the Golden State Warriors, and the reason is a little bit concerning.
The team said on Wednesday that James would miss Thursday’s tilt with the Warriors due to a sore left groin, per Bill Oram of The Athletic.
Lakers say LeBron will be out Thursday at GSW due to a sore left groin
— Bill Oram (@billoram) February 26, 2020
Of course, the 35-year-old James missed significant time last season due to a major groin injury (coincidentally in a game against the very same Warriors), so any potential recurrence of the issue is somewhat worrying. James played 34 minutes on Monday in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, dropping a season-high 40 points with eight rebounds and six assists.
This is not the first time either that the groin injury has flared up again on the four-time MVP this season, so hopefully this is just a case of exercising some caution against a lesser opponent.
LeBron James scored a season-high 40 points in his Los Angeles Lakers’ 118-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans at home on Tuesday night, and he treated himself at the end of the game.
TNT showed James snacking on a piece of Red Vines licorice while resting on the bench at the end of the win.
Bron dropped 40 on the Pelicans and started eating Red Vines on the sideline pic.twitter.com/XEI2jtIyJq
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 26, 2020
There was a question debated by the TNT studio crew after the game about whether James was eating Red Vines or Twizzlers. Shaq maintained that all licorice is Twizzlers, while others said it was a Red Vine. Based on what the women next to him were having, it was probably a Red Vine.
Also, none of this should surprise you after we learned about James’ junk diet.
Zion Williamson has a high opinion of LeBron James.
Williamson spoke about facing LeBron James and the Lakers ahead of Tuesday’s game in Los Angeles. The New Orleans Pelicans rookie spoke highly about LeBron.
“Sometimes I feel he doesn’t get the respect he deserves but it’s not for me to decide,” James said, via Omnisport.
James definitely has his share of haters, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He has been widely regarded as the best basketball player in the world for most of the past decade. You can poke holes at his resume if you want to and take shots at him here or there, but he has immense respect from most sports fans.
It won’t take long for Zion to be in a similar category either. People already like to bring up one thing regarding the Pelicans rookie.
Diana Taurasi brought a bit of levity to the Kobe Bryant memorial in Los Angeles on Monday with a hilarious shot at LeBron James.
Taurasi, who is a 3-time WNBA champion and the league’s all-time scoring leader, was discussing the skill level of Bryant’s daughter Gigi Bryant at a young age, remarking how amazing it was that she had a turnaround fadeaway jumper at the age of 11. Then she zeroed in on LeBron with the funniest line of the day to that point, remarking that he doesn’t even have it now.
Diana Taurasi's joke about Gigi and LeBron was a nice moment of levity pic.twitter.com/IHr9W2ZyxW
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 24, 2020
Taurasi knew Bryant well, and he was a big fan of hers, even giving her a nickname inspired by his own. Now she even gets to take a friendly shot at LeBron in his own building at Bryant’s memorial service with a very memorable line.
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Vanessa Bryant says daughter Gianna would have become best player in WNBA
Diana Taurasi takes funny shot at LeBron during Kobe Bryant memorial
Geno Auriemma zings Kobe Bryant about being ‘uncoachable,’ not passing