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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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Kobe Byrant’s Jersey Retirement Game Is The Most Expensive NBA Game

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The Lakers are set to retire Kobe Bryant’s jerseys on Dec. 18th. The Lakers are retiring both Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 numbers on Monday against the Golden State Warriors, and prices for the game and ceremony at Staples Center are some of the most expensive NBA tickets in years.

Already a major attraction with Steph Curry and the Warriors in town, a chance to honor a Lakers legend is a chance for scalpers to make some sweet, sweet cash off the event. The secondary market for the Bryant retirement game is pretty insane, to the tune of $1,477 per seat on average.

The highest seats are courtside of course with tickets going for $12,000 dollars. Even the nosebleed seats average about $600 a seat.

The last ticket that cost more was actually Bryant’s last game, which cost an average of more than $2,000 each. That’s far and away the most expensive, but other big-budget tickets are a bit closer to Kobe’s retirement night costs.

Since it’s the most expensive game expect 2 Chainz to show up with Trappy.

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Under Armour Dropping Off Curry 4’s With Drones

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Under Armour will be giving away autographed Curry 4s to fans in the Bay area.

UA will be delivering the Steph Curry signature shoes with Drones.

Here’s how it works, per Nice Kicks:

First, you have to follow Under Armour basketball on Instagram (@uabasketball). At 10 a.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 16, there will be an “interactive scavenger hunt” on a Bay Area map that you can get access to and search through. When you find a “drop zone pin” on that map, you’ll get a QR code that will lead you to a “Drop Zone” where the drone delivery happens.

In other words, follow @uabasketball on Instagram, check that for a map at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and follow the directions on your phone screen from there.

 

If this marketing promotion goes well, expect more brands to create dropzones in other major cities.

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Westbrook Defeats Sixers In Triple Overtime

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Russell Westbrook wouldn’t be denied in Philly. The trash talk from Joell Embiid seemed to fuel the reigning MVP even more.

The Thunder won 119-117 in triple overtime, and Westbrook recorded yet another triple-double by scoring 27 points with 18 rebounds and 15 assists. Westbrook is now averaging a triple-double against the 76ers dating back to the 2013-14 season.

Paul George and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 24 points apiece, and the three stars accounted for 23 of the Thunder’s 25 points in extra time.

Joel Embiid helped Philly erase an eight-point halftime deficit, scoring a game-high 34 points with eight rebounds and six assists, but it wasn’t enough to stop them from picking up their fifth loss in six games.

Embiid continued to take shots at Westbrook after the game. “They won the game, I give them a lot of credit, they did a lot of (good) things, but I mean, the guy shot 10 for 33, I wish I would have shot 33 times, I guess we would have had a better chance of actually winning the game,” Embiid told reporters after the game.

Even Lebron James chimed in about the game.

After the game, Westbrook waved goodbye to Embiid and his trolling.

“I was telling him, `Go home,” Westbrook said.

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