LeBron James has been nicknamed ‘The King’ for much of his career and the NBA superstar found a seat befitting that reputation in an amusing press conference from inside the league’s Florida bubble on Wednesday.
Players and coaches have been conducting their media obligations over zoom to limit unneccesary physical contact in the bubble, but a missing chair before James’ latest appearance meant a slightly more regal alternative was located on short notice for the Lakers star.
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When James appeared on the Zoom call, veteran NBA reporter Mike Trudell was quick to point out the chair that had been found for James resembled a throne.
James though, was quick to laugh off the suggestion.
“Absolutely not. It’s one of these hallway chairs everybody sits in,” he laughed in response.
LeBron, moments later with Frank Vogel sitting in a different, smaller chair. “Aw, they took away the throne!” 😂 https://t.co/nWo4pO0KIc
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) July 28, 2020
NBA fans on Twitter were quick to get in on the joke, but the hilarity reached a fever pitch when Lakers coach Frank Vogel was due to face questions after his star player - by which time a slightly less glamourous alternative had been located - much to James’ dismay.
Vogel had been given a regular stool for his media availability, with LeBron commenting ‘Aw, they took away the throne!’ off-camera.
James has been locked in a head-to-head battle with Milwaukee Bucks’ phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo for the league MVP, after the ‘Greek Freak’ claimed the honour in James’ injury-ravaged first season for the Lakers.
The three-time NBA champion has been fully healthy for the 2020 season though, with many pundits predicting the MVP race to come down to himself and Antetokounmpo once again.
Ben Simmons primed for NBA restart
Ben Simmons and his Philadelphia 76ers have had their final tune-up before the resumption of the NBA regular season.
Coach Brett Brown rested Simmons for the entire second half of their 118-115 scrimmage overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
The 76ers lost two of their three warm-up games at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, but Brown believes they are well-positioned for their season restart opener against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
"I walk away from these three games definitely happy with the group," Brown told reporters.
"I think the spirit is as good as it has been."
The 76ers' All-Star centre Joel Embiid sat out his second straight game to rest a sore right calf muscle.