LeBron James React as NCAA Star Recreates His Epic Game Winner

Published 01/04/2022, 12:27 AM EST
Dec 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after scoring a basket during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Despite turning 37, LeBron James has been the best player in the Los Angeles Lakers. He is winning hearts on the court with his dominating outings. However, even off the court, the King is always doing his best to promote the right things. Notably, he has done his part in promoting the WNBA on multiple occasions. Recently, he gave props to a NCAA player for emulating one of his shots.

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LeBron has been a great ambassador for the sport of basketball. Not only does he have a clean image off the court, but he is constantly promoting the sport in the best way possible. Even with women’s basketball, the Akron Hammer is always one to step up. He has even attended multiple WNBA games to show his support.

Dec 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

So, when he saw a player recreate one of his iconic game winners, he had to give her credit.

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LeBron James gives credit to Maleaha Bell for recreating his game winner

Bell is a player for the Florida A&M Rattlers women’s team. LeBron’s brand sponsors gear for the Rattler’s team. In their recent game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats, the game was all tied up with time for one last play. The ball came right into Maleaha’s hands, who turned around and hit the bank shot to win the game.

LeBron later posted a story on his Instagram showing support for the team and giving Bell her props as well. The game winner was reminiscent of LeBron’s shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018. With arguments of the King not being clutch, he silenced all his doubters with game winning plays on both ends of the floor.

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The sequence started with the game tied up at 138 a piece. Jimmy Butler took the ball for the Wolves. he himself had a night with 35 points to his name. Having the hot hand, Butler drove right to the rim and got to his spot. As he put up the shot, LeBron swatted it away and J. R. Smith called for the timeout.

Next possession, the ball came inbound to LeBron, who turned and called game with a fadeaway over Jimmy Butler. He finished the game with a 37 point triple double to guide the Cavaliers to a much needed win. It is great to see James promote young stars and give them credit for their moment. This isn’t the first time he has done it and there is no doubt that it isn’t the last.

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LeBron is always looking to promote athletes and give them the recognition they deserve. He continues to hold basketball as his number one priority by doing his duties on and off the court. What do you think of James’ actions? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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