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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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Kemba Walker Scores Career-High 60 Points In A Lose To Philly

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Kemba Walker had the game of lifetime Saturday night against the Sixers.

Walker bet Klay Thompson’s season-high 52 points with 60 point performance in an overtime loss.

“I’m still proud, that’s an unbelievable thing to do right there,” Walker said of scoring 60 points. “I’m just mad that we lost. I’m a competitor. It would have been even better with a win.”

The Jimmy Butler played spoiler forcing the crucial block and draining the game-winner.

“As much as I wanted the shot to go in to win the game, I also wanted it to go in because I didn’t want Kemba to give me 70,” Butler said with a laugh. “I wanted it to stop at 60.”

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown called Walker’s effort “amazing and incredible.”

“We tried double-teaming him, we tried hard-hedging him,” Brown said. “The reality of it is, is that you have Joel (Embiid) and Jimmy in that situation a lot and he is doing that against two all-league defensive players. He is just hard to guard and he is really unique. … Sixty points in an NBA game against a pretty good defensive team is a remarkable effort.”

Walker finished 21 of 34 from the field and had six 3-pointers. He made all 12 foul shots and had seven rebounds and four assists.

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Carmelo Anthony Career Is Done With The Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony’s short-lived career with the Houston Rockets is over.

Amid a week of rumors that the Rockets were ready to move on from Anthony, the team is expected to announce a parting of the ways with the embattled former All-Star before hosting the Warriors on Thursday night, sources told ESPN.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey today issued a statement on forward Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team.

“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Morey. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”

Melo can be claimed off waivers.

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Lebron James Is Now The 5th All-Time Scorer In NBA History

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LeBron James moved into fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, climbing past Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.

James needed 39 points to claim the fifth spot from Chamberlain. He passed Wilt with a free throw in the fourth quarter.

“When I’m able to do what I love to do, and do it at this level — and even being mentioned with the greats that have ever played this game — it just always brings me back to my hometown of Akron, [Ohio],” James told ESPN’s Dave Pasch on the telecast after the game. “And knowing where I come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point — it’s just never being in satisfied mode. I give it all to the man above for giving me God-given abilities. I’m taking full advantage of ’em. And then my coaching staff and my teammates throughout these 16 years so far, have gotten me to this point.”

“If he stays healthy, the way he’s looking and moving, he has a chance at Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar),” Dirk Nowitzki previously told ESPN. “His numbers have been unbelievable. He doesn’t seem to slow down. The stuff he was doing last year in Year 15 was incredible. If he keeps this up, he can pass Kareem.”

Next up for Lebron is passing Jordan.

Top Four Scoring Leaders

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)

2. Karl Malone (36,928)

3. Kobe Bryant (33,643)

4. Michael Jordan (32,292)

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