‘You Suffer a Little Bit’: Nuggets’ Facundo Campazzo Opens up on Facing Lakers’ LeBron James

Published 03/19/2021, 7:30 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 continues to amaze fans with his stupendous skills. The Lakers’ superstar is in his 18th NBA season and is still playing at the highest level.

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It is amazing to see a player of his quality show the kind of longevity he has so far. Recently, one Denver Nuggets’ star got the opportunity to face off against him for the first time.

Campazzo talks first meeting with LeBron James

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Nuggets’ Facundo Campazzo spoke to the press recently and revealed his reaction to playing against LeBron James for the first time. Campazzo called LeBron James one of the best players in the world. Playing against James was a learning experience for him, and he got to enjoy his time on the court playing against one of the all-time greats, despite having to suffer against him.

“Personally I felt surprised. And I was enjoying. It was incredible to see him and see how he understands the game, how he moves. He’s one of the best players in the world. Currently one of the bests.  The truth is that to have the opportunity to enjoy face to face was something to learn and enjoy. And to suffer because you suffer a little bit.” 

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Mar 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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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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