LeBron James Shouts-Out Jordan Nixon After Game Winner Against Iowa State

Published 03/25/2021, 6:04 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) is introduced before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James has constantly been a supporting voice for young basketball players. Despite being in his 18th season, James goes out of his way to give credit and recognition to young players and give them a platform. James takes it upon himself to get the spotlight on players who are making waves despite their age. And tonight, he did the same for one young NCAA baller.

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LeBron James gives props to Jordan Nixon

LeBron James took to Instagram to give a shout-out to Texas A&M player Jordan Nixon. Nixon banked the game-winner against Iowa State to send them to the Sweet-16 of March Madness. Nixon, who spoke after the game, said that her teammates trusted her. James replied to her and said, “Of course they trust you! When you put in the work that’s the results! Keep going J!”

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James putting a spotlight on Nixon is huge for the women’s game. March Madness often gets a lot of attention on social media, but the women’s game falls behind the men’s in terms of popularity. If LeBron James, one of the biggest names in basketball history, gives a shout out to a player and a team, the world takes notice and starts paying more attention to them.

LBJ continues to recover from his injury

James himself has been in the public eye recently. On Sunday, LeBron suffered a major ankle injury. The injury has ruled him out for an indefinite period of time, but he should return before the playoffs. James’ injury could not have come at a worse time for the Los Angeles Lakers, who are also without Anthony Davis thanks to a calf strain that has kept him sidelined.

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Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is helped up by Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) after injuring his leg in the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to his injury, James was playing at an MVP level. He was averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.9 assists for the season. After the All-Star break, it appeared that the Lakers and James had found a winning formula to play without Anthony Davis. But both their best players being sidelined has put the Lakers at risk of losing their top-three playoff seed by the time the duo returns.

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Can LeBron James return in time to save the Lakers’ season? He currently is in the process of rehabbing from his injury. However, given his age, the Lakers will not want to rush him back, as they don’t want him to aggravate his injury. Losing LeBron during the playoffs will be a big blow for the Lakers, so they will let him recover at his own pace.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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