LeBron James Fan Kylian Mbappe Snubbed NBA Duo Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard For Lakers Legend Despite His Age Back in 2019

Published 01/16/2023, 1:15 PM EST

Greatness knows no age. Michael Jordan was 35 when he won his 6th Championship and Finals MVP. Lionel Messi is 35 years old and just won a FIFA World Cup. However, how there is no maximum age for greatness, and there is no minimum age too. Lionel Messi won his first Ballon d’Or when he was just 22, and 24-year-old Kylian Mbappe is no different. The guy single-handedly almost won the Qatar World Cup in France. Back in 2019, he had to face a question about LeBron James that most fans would find difficult to answer.

Back in 2019, LeBron James was putting up monstrous performances but, the Lakers were far from even considered for Championship. It was that era when talking about Championship without naming Golden State Warriors was basketball blasphemy. However, in 2019, the golden dynasty would come crumbling down.


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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, or Kevin Durant

French soccer prodigy appeared in the ESPN show Now or Never in 2019. He answered many hot debates at the time but, the most important one had to be about NBA greats playing in NBA at the time.

Jan 7, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) raises his hand after the Sacramento Kings were called for a foul against the Lakers in the third quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Reporter asks Kylian Mbappe, “… if you are with Drake and you’re gonna pick one player Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant or LeBron. Who do you pick?” To which Mbappe didn’t even take a second to think and answered in a heartbeat, “Huh! LeBron“. The reporter doubled down and asked, “even at this age?” To which Mbappe said yes! almost instantly. He also chose Kevin Durant to be his 2nd pick.


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LeBron James is one of the greatest of this generation of NBA players. Matching the legacy of the pinnacle of Basketball Michael Jordan is no way possible but, LeBron had made a grand legacy himself as well.

LeBron would make Mbappe’s choice look godlike

In 2019, LeBron was 35 years old, and people wrote him off and started saying LeBron James has aged. They had no idea that in the next season, LeBron would make everyone eat their words by winning his 4th championship.


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In 2020 LeBron James, along with Dwight Howard and JR Smith, took his team to win the trophy in 6. Not only that guy won his 4th finals MVP, but he also brought Miami Heat to its knees. Mbappe was right. LeBron James had a lot of basketball left in him.



Rishabh Chaudhary

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Rishabh is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports, coming with a year of experience in digital marketing and 19 years of being a sports fan. Like most people in India, he started by watching cricket and then all sports. He writes poetry and songs in his free time and plays FPS games like Valorant and CSGO.