With LeBron James’ Absence, Lakers vs. Warriors Hype Set to Be Hijacked by Deion Sanders and John Cena

Published 10/07/2023, 1:23 PM EDT

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The NBA Preseason is a warm-up routine. Before beginning the grind in the Regular Season, players are looking to get a feel of things. They want to run and ready their legs for the upcoming challenges. Therefore, it is barely surprising when an aging superstar takes a break from it. LeBron James has decided to not play in the first game of the NBA Preseason. He doesn’t need this window to prepare, his workouts and training camps are good enough. He is fully healthy and confident after playing 20 seasons in the league. 

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As he enters his 21st season in the 21st Century, the amazing forward will look to raise the ceiling again. Like James, John Cena and Coach Prime stand apart in their own right. Therefore, one night will converge three box-office bonanzas, but without James, the night’s taste is a bit sour. 

The Clash of the Titans without LeBron James

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The WWE Fast Lane is going to start at 8 PM (EST) whereas the Lakers-Warriors game will tip off at 8:30 PM(EST). The half-hour difference in the commencing time entails that mutual audiences will have a hard time switching channels. However, WWE Fast Lane has a slight edge. Their marquee athlete John Cena is going to be available for the mega-event. He will team up with fan-favorite LA Knight and take on the duo of Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa. This decision was made during the last WWE SmackDown show of September.

This tag-team battle brings one of the rising and one of the most established stars together. The hype is thus off-the-charts. The Lakers and the Warriors are going to begin more than half an hour after this engrossing battle. Not having James kills the buzz and then another fan-favorite Austin Reaves is also going to be out as well. However, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, and various other talent pools still will make for an enthralling watch. In this wake, LeBron James has the chance to watch a Colorado game and admire his Coach Prime even more.

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The Deoin Sanders hype is real

Deion Sanders’ personality has radiated many hallowed halls of sporting leagues and programs across the world. He recently paid the 76ers a visit after their practice. The two-time Superbowl champion called out the team’s center-piece Joel Embiid. He accused him of running away from battles against two-time MVP Nikola Jokic.

He also gave MJ his props as someone who wanted that smoke.

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Sanders has become a source of inspiration because of such speaking sessions. His candid personality and never-say-die attitude have drawn huge attention. Therefore, when his Colorado Buffaloes play, many watch the game with curiosity. Buffaloes are going to take on Arizona State Sun Devils at 6:30 PM(EST). This gives them around one-and-a-half-hour cushion before Fast Lane and a two-hour cushion over the Lakers vs Warriors match-up.

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It will be a fun-filled three-header weekend night. The sporting world will be blessed with three straight riveting battles. There is also Stephen Curry in the Warriors, you know. Watching his ball is a great way to wind up the day. 

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Shubham Singh

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Shubham is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He became a fan of the NBA in late 2000s and his interest skyrocketed after Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks upset the Miami Heat in Six Games during 2011 NBA Finals. He loves looking into playing styles of different players and teams while also trying to analyse what circumstances shape a typical NBA game.
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Saumya Khanduja

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