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LeBron James Thinks Ben Simmons Can Be Better Than Him

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LeBron James and Ben Simmons faced off in an extremely hyped up showdown on November 27th. James finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists. Simmons finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Simmons enjoyed the challenge of playing against James and said that he approached the challenge different than others.

“I wanted to guard him a little differently than how I’ve been watching other teams guard so far off him and let him get ahead of steam and go downhill,” said Simmons after the game. “I feel pretty good. It was a good challenge.”

While the Cavaliers finished the game on top, James saw something reminiscent of himself when he was a rookie back in 2003.

Simmons like James doesn’t have a reliable jump shot but he can drive the ball to the hole, pass better than some point guards and play the point guard position with a high capability.

If you can remember LeBron James famously played point guard his first season in the NBA. When his game developed he moved to the small forward position and has played there ever since.

While their games are similar LeBron thinks Ben Simmons can be even better than him. According to a Sports Illustrated article, James said:

“You have an opportunity to be better than me. But you can’t skip the steps. You have to do the work.”

It looks like he has remembered what James has told him. Simmons is in the running for the Rookie of the Year award and was awarded the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of November.

Also Simmons leads all rookies in points, rebounds, assists, and steals per game.

In my eyes, it looks like Simmons is the clear winner right now for the Rookie of the Year award and he can become the next LeBron James. The way he can fill up the stat sheet and dominate the game by not only scoring is the key component to the latter statement.

As for the Rookie of the Year award, some would think that Donovan Mitchell should win the award but if you think of the overall game in and game out impact Simmons has led his team to more success.

Ben Simmons with a jump shot is going to be scary and with how he is impacting the game already LeBron James just may see a better version of himself.

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Paul George Explains Why You Need A Super Team To Win

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The arms race to form a super team is the new way of the NBA. GMs and players are all looking at the landscape looking for the best options to form up like Voltron.

In a new Washington Post with Tim Bontemps, Oklahoma City forward Paul George spoke about why it’s hard to win a championship with one star player.

“No team has won [a title] where one single guy was the lone star and it was their team. It’s not that era. I’m not sure how the veterans, the legends, don’t understand that part. It’s a different game now. For those guys to chime in and say we’re not built the same…I never understood that, because who would we be fooling if we went out alone and tried to go up against the Warriors? The best guy in our league right now couldn’t do it. [LeBron James] got swept [in the 2018 Finals]. So that just goes to show you at this point what it takes to win. Because you need guys that are alike talent-wise and skill set-wise to win championships.”

The five-time NBA All-Star has decided to stay in OKC with Russell Westbrook. George signed a four-year $137 million dollar deal according to sources.

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DeMarcus Cousins Shows Off His Steph Curry Impression

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DeMarcus Cousins will be out for the first half of the season recovering from his Achilles injury. Cousins signed a one-year with the Warriors and is already practicing shooting like Steph Curry.

A video was posted of Boogie draining 3 points in shoots in practice.

When the Associated Press (h/t USA Today) asked him about the signing, Curry said Cousins should make the Dubs more versatile:

“It’s interesting because nobody going into free agency thought about DeMarcus as an option, then all of a sudden he found his way onto our team. So for us to have a new dynamic, a new look, whenever he’s fully healthy it should be amazing. I think we got better. Obviously we lost some pieces that were very vital to us winning a championship but you’ve got to evolve, you’ve got to find different things to focus on as you’re trying to repeat, so it should be exciting.”

Cousins ended the year with a 37% three-point percentage. That number can go up with the spacing on the floor the Warriors can create.

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The Miami Hurricanes Will Debut New Environmental Uniforms For LSU Season Opener

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Last year the Miami Hurricanes brought the swag back to college football with the Turnover Chain. Now it seems that school is ready to make an impact outside of the football with their new uniforms.

The U will debut the first-ever uniforms made with repurposed and upcycled materials. Creating a unique look for the Canes, the Miami x Parley A1 uniform features “The U’s” home jersey orange colorway that is accompanied by accents that are an ode to the cause to end plastic pollution of the oceans. The jersey sleeve caps and the stripes white pants feature a wave print that fuses Miami’s signature dark green with the EQT green colorway that adidas x Parley has become synonymous with.

“Our players and staff are excited to wear the new Adidas Parley jerseys and gear for our season opener. We’re also excited that Adidas and Parley are teaming up with UM to help promote sustainability around the world,” head football coach Mark Richt said. “Community service has always been an integral part of our football program, and this partnership with Adidas and Parley helps us continue those efforts.”

Starting August 27, the Miami x Parley A1 uniforms will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to launch a fund for educational research.

The Hurricanes will wear the uniforms for their season opener against Louisiana State University at the 2018 AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 2.

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