BY JOSE MARTINEZ
After receiving the first overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons is officially in the NBA and can’t wait to encounter everything the league has to offer—which includes matching up against LeBron James. On Friday, Simmons appeared on The Dan Patrick Show, where he was asked about his last interaction with James. It was a memorable one.
Simmons told Patrick that he got on FaceTime to speak with LeBron after Thursday’s draft. During their conversation, the 19-year-old told James that he was looking forward to the day they squared off against one another, and The King followed that up with a somewhat subtle yet humbling response.
Simmons: “I told him that I look forward to finally matching up against him.”
Patrick: “What did he say about that?”
Simmons: “He just flipped the camera and it was the championship trophy, so I couldn’t say anything back.”
Clearly, James isn’t going to take it easy on Simmons just because he’s signed to his management company, Klutch Sports Group. Instead, LeBron is going to remind anyone and everyone who became the first NBA team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals and gave the Cleveland Cavaliers their first title in franchise history.
We’re less than a week removed from the Cavs’ win, so if you are a rookie or veteran, whenever you interact with James, don’t be surprised if he tries to include a little Larry O’Brien trophy stunting. LeBron definitely earned the right to do it.