‘Lost for Words’: LeBron James Reacts to Being Named in the NBA 75 Greatest Players List

Published 10/21/2021, 10:26 PM EDT
LeBron James gives his opening remarks at the SM Mall of Arena in Pasay City, south of Manila on August 20, 2015. The NBA superstar is in the country for the second time for the Nike Rise program, a reality show for aspiring basketball players around the Philippines local reports said. (Photo by Photo by Mark Cristino/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


The 2021-22 NBA season had one of the most interesting off seasons in recent times. However, it is also special for another reason. This also marks the 75th season of the National Basketball Association. To mark this occasion, the league put out 75 players who are pioneers of the game. On Day 3, LeBron James made the list and the ‘King’ reacted to being included.

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LeBron is no new face when it comes to the NBA. His on court achievements speak for themselves. But he has done a lot outside the court as well. James has helped the game grow and excel by his actions on and off the court. There is no doubt he is one of the pioneers to this game. Hence, he was on the final list of the 75 most influential players for the league.

BEIJING, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 04: NBA star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers meets fans at a Nike store on September 4, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

However, LeBron was not always in the limelight. He comes from a humble background and worked himself to where he is today. Hence, upon seeing his name on the list, James couldn’t believe it.

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LeBron James honored to be part of NBA 75 list

Prior to this, the league had put out 2 other lists with 25 players each. It included names such as Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan. The last list was headlined by Stephen Curry, Shaq and LeBron. When he get the news, the ‘King’ took to twitter to express his gratitude to being on the list.

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LeBron may be worth a billion today, but that the case 19 years ago. LeBron came from a poor background and had to work extremely hard to make his name. Even on entering the league, he was surrounded with pressure. But fighting through it all, he became a pioneer for the sport of basketball. From opening schools to charity, he has done everything to help the society. This was the main reason his name featured in the last list, and James couldn’t be more honored as his journey was recognized.

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The LA star took to twitter to express his honor for being in the list of such big players. LeBron James said that he was lost for words to be on the list. Looking at his beginning, James said he is honored and blessed to be on. His contributions to help the league and sport grow surely earn him a place on here. While everyone else isn’t surprised, James is reminiscing his journey. The ‘King’ deserves this as he continues to help promote the game in good spirit.

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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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