LeBron James is currently playing out his 16th NBA season, but the forward is now gunning for the Rookie of the Year Award.
James was named the Rookie of the Year in 2004 but, with well over a decade gone since his NBA debut, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar wants to deprive this year's rookie class of the opportunity to compete for the accolade, thanks to the San Antonio Spurs.
The side erroneously listed LeBron as a rookie in their press notes for Friday's game against the Lakers, putting the "R" designation near his name.
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Tonight’s game notes here in San Antonio. 🤔Am I?!?!? Why does it seem like I know so much this game has to offer for just being a “R”(rookie). 🤷🏾♂️. Well means I was taught right and still got so much more to learn. But in the meantime I’m going for “Rookie of The Year” 🏆 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
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James, in turn, has posted a photo of said document on Instagram, joking that he's looking to capture the prestigious award at the end of the campaign.
There's no doubting he's about to put up a case after scoring 35 points and hauling eight boards in the 133-120 loss.
However, Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has other ideas and plans to make things hard for LeBron.
"I'm getting it," he said in a comment under The King's post. The Sixers point guard took the award home at the end of last season but there was some debate, given that he wasn't technically a rookie after missing his entire first year as the result of an injury.
Donovan Mitchell, who was an actual rookie last season, wasn't best pleased after seeing Simmons escape with the title. So he's likely to have smirked if he saw the player's trolling comment.
What This Means
LeBron James isn't winning the ROY Award and neither is Simmons. But say they were in contention, King James would actually be leading the race right, with Luka Doncic in behind, and then Simmons chasing in third.
As for whoever typed up the Spurs' notes, Gregg Popovich has probably handed out a right scolding.