LeBron James

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is undoubtedly one of the most well-liked players to have ever lived, but he also has his fair share of detractors. King James has endured doubters throughout his career, and at this point, he has simply become accustomed to them.

One of them is John Salley, a four-time NBA champion, who said on his own many years ago that Carmelo Anthony rather than LeBron should have been selected first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. After coming to terms with his mistake, Salley is now willing to admit that his first judgment of the Lakers talisman was inaccurate:

On a recent episode of the Club Shay Shay podcast, Salley confessed to Shannon Sharpe, “I thought Carmelo should have been the No. 1 choice and I had to apologize.” I had no clue he would be this excellent, and I was completely mistaken. You start to feel uneasy as he enters the court.

LeBron’s talent was widely anticipated, but few people can honestly claim to have known all along that James would achieve the level of success he has now. This is something that even Salley, who previously questioned LeBron’s legacy, can attest to.

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Currently, Salley is so impressed with LeBron that he thinks of him as a sort of successor to another legendary Lakers player, Magic Johnson:

But it was amazing to watch him shoot like that, dribble like Magic, hunt for players like Magic, and win games like Magic. He is the most like Magic that I’ve ever seen. Everyone is mentioning Michael. Magic, I’ve always said.

You have to note that Salley and his Detroit Pistons had more than a few on-court battles against Magic and the Lakers, so he is a first-hand witness of Johnson’s greatness. For him to have this level of praise for LeBron James clearly speaks volumes of how highly he now thinks of The King.


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