LeBron James’ “Blunt” Gesture to Lakers Teammate Draws 6 Worded Reaction From Stephen A. Smith

Published 11/20/2023, 8:53 AM EST

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LeBron James continues to defy age and surprise the fans with his incredible performances. He played a starring role in the Lakers’ close-fought victory against the Houston Rockets. The Lakers’ victory against the Rockets takes their season tally to eight victories from twelve games, placing them sixth in the standings. In spite of his age, the Lakers continue to depend on LeBron to will them out of sticky situations.

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Nevertheless, LeBron drew attention to himself because of his “blunt” celebration with teammate Christian Wood. The celebration became a viral clip, which elicited a response from Stephen A. Smith.

Stephen A. Smith six-word response to LeBron’s “blunt” celebration

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The Los Angeles Lakers have started the season with inconsistency. They currently occupy the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings, with 8 wins and 6 losses. But, the Lakers have won two games on the bounce and have shown signs of improvement. Yesterday, the Lakers defeated the Rockets 105-104 in a close-fought encounter. Despite his age, LeBron James continues to excel, as he scored 37 points in 40 minutes.

However, it wasn’t LeBron’s age-defying performance that drew public attention, but his celebration early in the second quarter. After scoring a basket, LeBron tried to pass an imaginary blunt to teammate Christian Wood. This celebration caught the attention of ESPN analyst Stephan A. Smith. He wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “Don’t even make me say it…LeBron”. He also tagged LeBron on the post.

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Even in his 21st season as an NBA player, LeBron continues to be among the select group of players capable of turning a game with his immense talent and skills. LeBron has entered unchartered territory, as no player in his 21st season has averaged over 8 points per game. Whereas, LeBron continues to average 26.4 points, 6.5 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game.

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King James’ incredible longevity

LeBron James has showcased unparalleled longevity in professional basketball, defying age-related expectations with his persistent brilliance. Over the course of his illustrious career, LeBron has seamlessly adapted his game to various stages of his life, maintaining an exceptional level of athleticism and skill. His physical conditioning, work ethic, and basketball IQ have allowed him to remain a dominant force on the court well into his 30s.

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LeBron’s ability to evolve his playing style, contribute consistently, and lead his teams to success has solidified his status as one of the greatest players in NBA history. LeBron’s continued brilliance over two decades marks an extraordinary era of sustained excellence that transcends generational norms.

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers’ triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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Saumya Khanduja

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