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In the meantime, James’ already untouchable status as one of the greatest ever to play only continues to rise — among his peers if not among the general public. “Some guys might say he is No. 2, but other guys like me, I say he is No. 1, and he’s still going,” said Giannis Antetokounmpo, putting it plainly that he believes James is the best NBA player ever, ahead of Michael Jordan.
Source: Joe Vardon @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Joe Vardon @joevardon
‘Whether it’s the Heat or you’re in Charlotte, you’re going to mention LeBron’s name.’ As LeBron James enters season 21, his peers begin to recognize what he’s meant to the NBA with the clock winding down on his career, ⁦@TheAthleticNBA⁩ theathletic.com/4982115/2023/1…8:33 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
It’s Opening Week!
The Starting Lineup with @TheFrankIsola & @Mitch_Lawrence is LIVE!
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Kane Pitman @KanePitman
New Locked on Bucks with YOUR NEW HOSTS @CamilleMonae and @tmjgarcia 👏👏👏👏
We chat through early signs from the Giannis and Dame combo, before moving into a longer conversation on the preseason play of MarJon Beauchamp!
📺youtu.be/oW-lZzcwrFU
🎙️linktr.ee/LockedOnBucks pic.twitter.com/Zv7TLGTDWm10:15 PM
LeBron James @KingJames
🐆 ain’t fair man!!! – 9:40 PM
LeBron James @KingJames
Big W on the road! #Browns4:40 PM
LeBron James @KingJames
Myles knock it off man!!! You’re INSANE #GoBrowns🐶 – 2:34 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Team Prunty: Lillard, Middleton, Portis, Connaughton, T. Antetokounmpo, R. Lopez, Green, Jackson, Washington
Team Mutombo: G.Antetokounmpo, Beasley, B. Lopez, Crowder, Livingston, Beauchamp, Bolden, Payne, Wigginton – 2:10 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard in a close-out drill for warmups for the Bucks scrimmage today: pic.twitter.com/oDW8VuFkmy1:46 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Giannis Sfairopoulos’ first Euroleague game with Red Star Belgrade will be against Partizan at Stark Arena. What a start in his new chapter. #kkcz #EuroLeague4:53 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
OFFICIAL: Giannis Sfairopoulos is the new head coach of Crvena Zvezda
eurohoops.net/en/euroleague/…4:39 AM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Giannis Sfairopoulos will be the new head coach of Red Star Belgrade. Coach Sfairopoulos is on the way to Belgrade, finalizing his deal with the Serbian team. Official announcement expected later today. #kkcz #EuroLeague3:14 AM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
LeBron James is no stranger to trash-talk.
Ahead of the Lakers’ season opener against Denver, I asked James how he weighs whether to clap back.
Click on the story below:
foxsports.com/stories/nba/le…10:15 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
LeBron James is no stranger to trash-talk. And throughout last postseason, he received his fair share of it.
Ahead of the Lakers’ season opener against Denver, I asked James how he weighs whether to clap back.
“There will be a time.”
Click on the story below:… – 10:14 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Will LeBron James clap back at the Denver Nuggets’ trash talk?
“There will be a time.”
Read the story below:
foxsports.com/stories/nba/le…9:57 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
LeBron James on trash talk from Dillon Brooks, others: ‘There will be a time when everybody will get it’
cbssports.com/nba/news/lebro…9:44 PM
Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
Dame/Giannis definitely still figuring out how to play together but the possibilities, man…this crew is going to be fun pic.twitter.com/tDWydhVewP7:11 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: LeBron says there’s no added motivation for him when the Lakers open up the season against the Nuggets because he supplies himself with plenty of his own drive already. “[I am] still seeing that Larry O’Brien trophy in my mind on a daily basis” es.pn/46GN1cC7:08 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: LeBron says there’s no added motivation for him when the Lakers open up the season against the Nuggets because he supplies himself with plenty of his own drive already. “I am] still seeing that Larry O’Brien trophy in my mind on a daily basis” es.pn/46GN1cC7:00 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Fun Fact: Terance Mann is the only player in NBA history with 5+ wins against LeBron without a loss.
Mann is 8-0 against LeBron. pic.twitter.com/zeAN5oOFjM6:52 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most wins against Giannis (regular season + playoffs):
28 — Kyle Lowry
23 — Jimmy Butler
22 — DeMar DeRozan
21 — Al Horford
The only players with 20+ pic.twitter.com/AHDXXxpcHK6:43 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
In head-to-head matchups (regular season + playoffs):
Jokic — LeBron —
20.7 PPG 27.0 PPG
10.2 RPG 8.6 RPG
7.0 APG 8.8 APG
52/37/85 53/29/70%
LeBron is up 15-12. pic.twitter.com/9jtGBizKoc5:42 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
I asked LeBron James, with Dillon Brooks’ trash talk and Michael Malone’s comments throughout the postseason, what‘s his line of when he feels the need to respond.
“There will be a time when everybody will get it,” he said. pic.twitter.com/8AZIKruBv45:39 PM
Khobi Price @khobi_price
LeBron James on how he “keeps the juices still flowing” entering his 21st NBA season: “For one, it’s just my motivation to continue to be as great as I can be…” pic.twitter.com/wwzMPMGzd35:26 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LeBron on his motivation in Year 21: “I just think for one, it’s just my motivation to continue to be as great as I can be and solidify what I want to do in my career and still seeing that Larry O’Brien trophy in my mind on a daily basis. So that’s one of the best four moments of… pic.twitter.com/3yujT5PisE5:18 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James generally took the high road today when asked about any comments made by the Nuggets this summer motivating him going into opening night in Denver. But he vowed “there will be a time” when he will respond to all of his detractors. pic.twitter.com/zfHGUQjAON5:12 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
I asked LeBron James, with Dillon Brook’s trash talk and Michael Malone’s comments throughout the postseason, what‘s his line of when he feels the need to respond.
“There will be a time when everybody will get it,” he said. pic.twitter.com/gfWMp8JgnJ5:11 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
I asked LeBron James, with Dillon Brook’s trash talk and Michael Malone’s comments throughout the postseason, what‘a his line of when he feels the need to respond.
“There will be a time when everybody will get it,” he said. pic.twitter.com/VyUzFJdFoU5:09 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron on Anthony Davis: “AD is great. AD is amazing. We’re co-captains and he’s just as much a leader of this team as I am. He’s everything that this franchise could ever want and more; he’s one of the greatest bigs to play for this franchise for sure.” – 4:32 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron said he feels good physically after playing limited preseason minutes.
“Worked extremely hard to get (fully healthy). I was able to stick with the plan. I felt pretty good in that last (preseason game) and hopefully I can keep building that momentum heading into Tuesday.” – 4:27 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Taurean Prince will be fifth start with LeBron James, AD, Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell, per Lakers coach Darvin Ham – 3:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Expect Taurean Prince to start at the 3 in the opener, alongside Russell, Reaves, LeBron and AD.
Jarred Vanderbilt hasn’t played since the preseason opener due to the left heel soreness. – 3:34 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron, AD and Rui shooting free throws after practice pic.twitter.com/4clGKNZ9KN3:29 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most 50-point games by a player younger than 25-years-old since the merger:
9 — Michael Jordan
8 — LeBron James
5 — Kobe, Tatum, Luka pic.twitter.com/1uyDtJHZaX8:38 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Before facing the San Antonio Spurs, Steve Kerr said Gregg Popovich is “bouncing off the walls” about having Victor Wembanyama on board 👽
The 74-year-old head coach then went on to praise the French rookie, while also comparing his hype to LeBron’s:
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/15…6:39 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Pretty good showing from Victor Wembanyama and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the last NBA Preseason night to led San Antonio and Milwaukee 🫡
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/15…5:06 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Giannis gliding through for a reverse layup 🤩
pic.twitter.com/N2y7mvSc7X3:44 AM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
FINAL: Bucks 124, Grizzlies 116
– G. Antetokounmpo 26pts/7reb/4ast
– Lillard 19pts/5reb/3ast
– Beauchamp 18pts/2ast
– B. Lopez 11pts/5reb
The Bucks win their final preseason game. Regular season starts on Thursday vs. Philadelphia. – 10:30 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Damian Lillard, MarJon Beauchamp, AJ Green, Andre Jackson Jr. and Thanasis Antetokounmpo make a little run to start the fourth quarter.
10-4 run and they have cut the Grizzlies’ lead down to only 3 at 94-85 with 8:44 left. – 10:07 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After three quarters, the Grizzlies lead, 94-85.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Damian Lillard has 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes.
I’d guess they’re done for the night. – 9:59 PM
Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
When Giannis says he’ll set 50 screens per game for Dame pic.twitter.com/QrePUkd7bg9:30 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Half: Grizzlies 58, Bucks 52
– Antetokounmpo 13pts/4reb/2ast
– Lopez 11pts/4reb
– Lillard 9pts/2reb/2ast
– Beasley 6pts
– Middleton 5pts/5ast – 9:07 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Asked to compare Wemby hype to what David Robinson and Tim Duncan experienced, Pop said that beyond this being a different media age, “This guy has had that hype for so long, kind of like LeBron did. I compare him more to LeBron than those two guys in that respect.” – 9:00 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“It’s always dope being on the floor with one of the best to ever do it, top five best to ever do it. It brings the best out of everybody in the arena, the fans, the workers, the players, the coaches.”
Kevin Durant on sharing floor with LeBron James #Suns tinyurl.com/38s5393x8:46 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After one quarter, the Bucks lead, 29-23.
Giannis Antetokounmpo poked away a steal and got himself a dunk to close out the Bucks’ scoring for the quarter. Antetokounmpo is leading the Bucks with 10pts/4reb/2ast. – 8:36 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jae Crowder is the first sub tonight. And he is on the floor early. Came in for Giannis Antetokounmpo three minutes into tonight’s game.
Curious if this will be something Griffin does to stagger Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard going forward. – 8:16 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo opens scoring for tonight’s game on the Bucks’ second offensive possession with a pullup jumper over Jaren Jackson Jr. – 8:11 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
For the first time this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are on the floor together for their pregame session. pic.twitter.com/ifV1ZvygcF5:47 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“I feel like I’m way more locked in…when you have a guy like Dame next to you, you have to be ready”
Giannis on his newest teammate
Hear our Season Preview shows here: siriusxm.us/NBARadioSeason…
@Bucks | @Giannis_An34 | @SiriusXMSports | @NBA pic.twitter.com/xigU62raIj5:21 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Kostas Antetokounmpo doing it like Giannis #EuroLeague
pic.twitter.com/6WPJqMOoLr3:04 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
KOSTAS ANTETOKOUNMPO WITH 3⃣ BLOCKS IN 5 MINUTES 🤯
pic.twitter.com/R3EpAQdGQQ2:54 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
KOSTAS ANTETOKOUNMPO WITH 3⃣ BLOCKS IN 5 MINUTES 🤯 pic.twitter.com/YSaouzPF762:53 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Josh Hart, who played limited preseason mins after being w Team USA: “I don’t know how Bron did it for—shit, I don’t know how many years in a row w Finals & Olympics & all that. I did it one summer & I’m like, Im tapped out…now it’s not about maintenance. Now is the time to go” – 2:05 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
The Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview Show is streaming NOW!
Hear from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard & more!
🔊 siriusxm.us/NBAPreviewBucks
@Bucks | @NBA | @SiriusXMSports pic.twitter.com/gT3jCk9TLo1:07 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron last season:
— 28.9 PPG
— 8.3 RPG
— 6.8 APG
— 50.0 FG%
He’s the oldest player in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/9z55HYrDxB12:57 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Giannis is the 4th highest-paid #NBA player, Jokic enters the Top10
eurohoops.net/en/euroleague/…12:08 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I know we both getting up there. It might be towards the end of this little back and forth, but it’s always good to get some moments on the floor with him.”
Kevin Durant catches fire in 1st matchup against LeBron James since Christmas 2018 #Suns #Lakers tinyurl.com/38s5393x11:14 AM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Khris Middleton expects to play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard & Brook Lopez in #Bucks final preseason game today. jsonline.com/story/sports/n… via ⁦@journalsentinel⁩ – 10:44 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
In the 2023/24 season:
LeBron is 38 years old
Chris Paul is 38 years old
Steph is 35 years old
KD is 35 years old
Harden is 34 years old
Westbrook is 34 years old
Jimmy is 34 years old
Era coming to a close. pic.twitter.com/rtSeq8KJPL9:44 AM

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“For 21 years, you never get in trouble, to be able to take in his family, protect this family, raise his kids the right way, you know, be happily married, all those things, it’s perfect,” Antetokounmpo said. “He’s kind of like setting the blueprint for the rest of us to go forward. That’s what I want. I want to be able to do what I do on the court consistently, be good, be healthy, be available for my team, be able to, you know, raise my family in a bubble away from what I do on the court for them to have a normal life as much as I can. Stay out of trouble. -via The Athletic / October 23, 2023
Speaking to the media ahead of opening night, Lakers star LeBron James gave some flowers to his longtime teammate and co-star, Anthony Davis. In response to a question, the 4x MVP called Davis one of the All-Time greats of team history and insisted that he’s everything the Lakers could ask for in a franchise player. “[Anthony Davis] is great, man… AD’s amazing. We’ve been here for the longest now, year six for me, year five for AD. We’re both co-captains and he’s just as much a leader of this ball club as I am. I have a lot of the guards that I take care of and he’s got a lot of the forwards and bigs to take care of and visa-versa. We switch off, that’s how our leadership is. AD’s everything that this franchise could want and more… He’s one of the greatest bigs to play for this franchise, for sure.” -via Fade Away World / October 22, 2023
And yes, James said, he has always been “self-motivated,” but he also said that this 2023-24 version of the Lakers motivates him some more because they have the talent and potential to win the championship. “I just think for one, it’s just my motivation to continue to be as great as I can be and solidify what I want to do in my career and still seeing that Larry O’Brien Trophy in my mind on a daily basis,” James said. “So, that’s one of the best four moments of my career, being able to hoist up that trophy. So, that’s motivation alone. -via Los Angeles Times / October 22, 2023
“Giannis just told me, you have to have that aggressive mentality every time,” said Beauchamp. “Especially on a good team like this … my confidence, it’s up and down. But I heard from the big dog now. I got to stay aggressive. I got to keep working.” -via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel / October 21, 2023
And, to Giannis, Beauchamp in part of that goal. “He’s definitely part of this. He’s going to be a big part of this,” said Antetokounmpo. “You could see the way he played (Friday) night; he basically won the game for us. He came in in the fourth quarter, made plays, shot threes, he wanted it. It’s always awesome to see guys playing with a chip on their shoulder, guys just being aggressive and try to earn every single thing on the court. And that’s what I saw today and I’m happy that he’s doing that. -via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel / October 21, 2023

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