This is undoubtedly one of the photos of the season regarding the discussions between the players on the floor. Jabari Smith Jr. slipped LeBron James with the latter facing his father in his first NBA game on October 29, 2003.
“He was a little hurt because he told me he was old,” the young Rockets player told the Houston Chronicle. “I know I will tell him what my father told me. He didn’t know it. That’s one hell of a statistic. »
If the Lakers star forgot this anecdote, it’s because Jabari’s father, who was present at the Staples Center on Monday night, did not play in this game in Sacramento. He stayed on the bench. The two men played together on the court the following season, when Jabari Smith, author of a short career, was in the Nets.
“It’s quite unique that it has stood the test of time and that I can now play against father-son combinations”
But the idea of having a day to risk the father of one of his opponents at night remains a good moment for “King James”, who celebrated his 38th birthday.
“I was too old when Smith Jr. told me that,” reaction of the Lakers winger, his 48 points were huge in the victory of his people. “I think he even told me I was old. I am very blessed to play this sport and touch many generations. »
Kenyon Martin can testify to this mixing of generations. The former New Jersey and Denver star also came to see his son play this “Martin Luther King Day” in Los Angeles.
“Not just a connection”, confirming “LBJ”. “Kenyon Martin Jr. is on the court. and I played his father. I played against Gary Trent Sr. and his son is in Toronto now. Also Gary Payton, with his son. It’s pretty unique that it has stood the test of time and that I can now play against father-son combinations. »
In a few years, these same players will be able to say that they once faced LeBron and then Bronny James, because we know that one of the final goals of the 2020 Finals MVP career is to wear the same shirt as his son. Or in any case to be on the same ground as him in the NBA.