LeBron James offers high praise for T-Wolves rookie Anthony Edwards
LeBron James got an up-close look at Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards Tuesday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar was left impressed by the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Edwards finished the T-Wolves’ 112-104 loss with 28 points (including 10 points in a thwarted comeback attempt in the fourth quarter), seven rebounds and five assists. After the game, James delivered some high praise for the 19-year-old rookie, who was only two when LeBron broke into the NBA.
After the game, @KingJames went over to see fellow No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards … who was 2 years old in 2003 when LeBron was drafted.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 17, 2021
LeBron spoke about that: https://t.co/dMWbkFE2Dw
“He’s a great kid,” James said of Edwards. “Obviously, we know what he can do with the game of basketball. He showed that tonight. Hopefully, for me throughout my career, I inspire the younger generation to want to be a part of this league and want to be great…”
Before offering up a complimentary take on Edwards, James shared a postgame embrace with the budding young superstar.
LeBron James x Anthony Edwards postgame— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 17, 2021
James had good reason to be wowed by Edwards’ game, as the rookie managed to shake off the Lakers star’s defense to make a three-pointer that left him grinning.
Anthony Edwards lined up LeBron and drilled it pic.twitter.com/0wPe6DQZ7q— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 17, 2021
Edwards, averaging 14.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.8 minutes per game, began the season coming off the bench despite being the top pick in the draft and never complained.
As the season has progressed, the undermanned Timberwolves have relied upon the rookie more and more due to an injury to D’Angelo Russell and the extended absence of Karl-Anthony Towns after the big man tested positive for COVID-19 in January.
“Last time I played versus the Lakers, I played very bad,” Edwards said after his electrifying career-best performance. “I feel like as a team, we played very bad. We were scared, we were intimidated. I just took it personal and took it upon myself to show that I don’t care who I’m going against, I’m still going to play the same way that I played against somebody that’s not the Lakers.”