Ahead of the Miami Heats game against the Philadelphia 79ers tonight, LeBron James has been handing out praise to one of his opponents, and the leagues, rising stars.
Speaking to reporters King James spoke positively about 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams:
"They got a good one.
"He has been playing great basketball, obviously he has his ups and downs like any ol' rookie, but he has been playing pretty steady basketball for his team."
High praise indeed from the NBA's reigning MVP.
And as Dei Lynam notes, the rookie has posted similar numbers to those of LeBron's in his first year in the big league.
James (2003-04): 39.5 mpg, 20.9 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 topg, .488ts%
Carter-Williams (2013-14): 35.0 mpg, 17.6 ppg, 7.0 apg, 5.9 rpg, 3.3 topg, .496 ts%
Carter-Williams' performance against the Heat in the season-opener, a game where he put up 22 points, 12 assists, and 9 steals, has clearly impressed those down in Miami.
Heat coach, Eric Spolestea added some words of praise for the 22 year-old:
"He is that long, multi-skilled point guard.
"There are very few of those types of point guards with that skill set. I mean he almost had a quadruple-double in our game."
So the stage is set for Cater-Williams to make sure he lives up to the hype tonight.