Nuggets HC Michael Malone showers praise on LeBron James ahead of playoffs clash

Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone recently complimented LeBron James of the LA Lakers for his remarkable longevity as they gear up for their NBA first-round playoff clash. This marks a shift from last year when Malone playfully teased ‘The King’ after defeating the Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

During an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show following their victory over the Lakers in last season’s playoffs, Malone commented on retiring by referencing LeBron James. Malone expressed frustration about his team not receiving fair recognition against the Lakers after LeBron mentioned retirement. However, he later quickly clarified that his comment was just a joke, which got laughs from the audience.

Now that the Nuggets will be facing the Lakers again in the playoffs, Michael Malone had high praise for LeBron James. He also mentioned that his team is ready for another tough challenge.

During his media session, Malone remarked, “LeBron is in his 21st year and still improving… It’s truly remarkable when you look at his career and what he’s doing. I hope he gets tired or slows down, but I haven’t seen any signs. It’s going to be a tough test for us…”

The Denver Nuggets, being the NBA champions, ended the regular season as the second-best team in the West with a 57-25 record. They were behind the top leader, OKC Thunder, who had a similar record but won the tiebreaker. On the other hand, with a 47-35 record, the Lakers secured the seventh seed after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans in the play-in tournament, winning 110-106.

LeBron James Is Not Done Yet

After two decades in the NBA, LeBron James acknowledges that his outstanding basketball career is nearing its end. With four championships, four MVP awards, 20 All-Star selections, and 19 All-NBA honors, King James has achieved nearly everything possible in the league. Yet, he continues to play with the determination of someone with a point to prove.

LeBron James Is Not Done Yet
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This season was exceptional for LeBron James and the Lakers, with him staying healthy for most of the 71 games he played. Although the team didn’t secure a higher position in the Western Conference, their potential in the playoffs has been evident.

Who do you think will come out on top this time, the Lakers or the Nuggets? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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