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  • uh, lebron, I'm gonna jump ahead here, and I'm sure everyone else has more questions about tonight.

  • But I think we're not gonna talk to you before Thursday.

  • Being a student of the game and looking at the collection of town the Brooklyn Nets have Is there a team that you can compare to in league history having that much offensive firepower on the same group?

  • Um, how we forgot about Katie, Steph and Clay already.

  • It's pretty good.

  • Pretty good.

  • There you go.

  • Yeah, you go right there.

  • Eyes there.

  • Any excitement about facing a new challenge like that?

  • Obviously, they're in different conference.

  • You guys Onley will play him twice a year if not in the postseason.

  • Um, well, it's always exciting for me to go against, you know, some of the best guys in the game and they got three of them.

  • I got three of the best guys in the game.

  • Um, you know, definitely love to be full when you're playing against a team like that and see, you know, like at that point in season where you match up, how you match up, get some of the best teams in the league, and obviously way won't won't be full on Thursday.

  • So But other than that, yeah, I love going out there and just being on the floor with some of the best to play this game.

  • Bill LeBron After you guys got the word of what the m r I on 80 had shown.

  • Did you feel like I mean, did you did you say anything to the team, or did you, um, feel a need to To talk to the team about what you guys would need to do to get through this?

  • And then what might that a mess message have been?

  • I was just next man up his next man up.

  • We're not expecting that one person, and we're not expecting one person to try to pick up eighties.

  • Uh, you know, productive, itchy nose.

  • Nobody's gonna be able to do that.

  • It just brings too much to the table.

  • But we all can do more.

  • We all can collectively doom or and that's our job.

  • That's our job to come out and doom.

  • Or and we've seen that tonight.

  • You know, uh, you know the four guys that we brought in the off season?

  • They all did more tonight.

  • you know, DS treads west and Mark, you know, picked up their play, and we needed that from every last one of them tonight.

  • So we're gonna need that while eighties out.

  • Kyle she o brien, um, s o of a next question if you're willing to entertain it.

  • But you guys beat the Rockets very convincingly.

  • Last year's playoffs.

  • You you played the Rockets and James last game there.

  • Do you?

  • Do you feel like you know what the Lakers have done last year and and what you guys have started to do this year is sort of directed that response where James is now in Brooklyn.

  • I don't think it has much to do with us.

  • I think it has everything to do with how James was feeling.

  • Um, you know, James felt like he wanted to be in a different position, a different situation.

  • Hey, wants to win.

  • He wants to win now.

  • And he felt like his time was over in Houston and that was all the spot bt Ryan.

  • Big.

  • Everything's good.

  • Frank talked about telling you guys, you have to embrace this moment with 80 million all forever alone.

  • That is what does that mean to you?

  • And how do you embrace that?

  • Not having him around?

  • He's gonna be around.

  • He just won't be on the floor.

  • Um, you know, as far as game minutes, but he's gonna be around.

  • Um, you know, I've had, you know, big time guys go down in my in my career e I had Chris Box go down in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Siri's, um you know, and it took a while for him to come back.

  • Eso You know, I've had guys go down.

  • You know, Kyrie go down with a knee cap injury.

  • Kevin love go down with a shoulder, uh, touring shoulder.

  • Uh, d Wade went down before.

  • So, you know, I've had some big guns, you know, before you go down and, you know, you just have to rally around them, keep them upbeat, but also, the guys that's gonna be in uniforms in line up, they just need to step up their place.

  • So, um, is something that, uh, not only I'm accustomed to because you don't never wanna be accustomed to a player going down for having injuries, But, you know, I've been there before the car.

  • LeBron I'm sure.

  • Well, actually, I know you posted about it.

  • Um, what dream on said last night about kind of the narratives that can surround a player who, um, wants a trade versus organization decides they're gonna protect an asset by not playing in, um, kind of the differences between those two things.

  • I'm curious.

  • Like, what's the what's the solution?

  • In something like, in a situation like this, is it just better understanding from the public or Well, I mean, how do we get to a more equitable place between ownership and players when it comes to narratives like that?

  • Um, I don't know.

  • Um I don't wanna get into it right now.

  • Um, I mean, I have so many thoughts about it, but I want to be very strategic on you know how my word is, Say so.

  • I don't want to really jump into a much right now, but it's it's the narrative of what the league has always been.

  • And, um, you know, from from a team's perspective, they controlled the narrative.

  • They have controlled the narrative of how players should should be, how they should act, how they should, you know, don't treat the organizations and If things don't go their way, they have, ah, way of getting out the narrative that this person or that person is Ah, a bad fit or was, ah, cancer to the team or whatever the case may be?

  • So they've always controlled that narrative e think Draymond and ah, lot of us.

  • We understand.

  • No way would love to have change.

  • We want change.

  • We do not even want change.

  • We just want people to understand.

  • That is two sides of the coin is not just one sided.

  • Um, you know so you know that's what I mean.

  • Ray said it.

  • I don't I'm not gonna pick you back anything he said because he said it so perfectly and so engaging.

  • And it was so, so, so smart about everything that he said.

  • And I'm right with him.

  • I mean, that's that is the way of the land.

  • I mean, that's how it's always been.

  • And, you know, we wanna be able just thio have an opportunity to create and also be able to control our own destiny at times.

  • So that's what it boils down to.

  • But it's it's so much more to it.

  • How do we change it.

  • It's all about communication.

  • Um, it's all about, you know, being respectful.

  • You know, being a you know, a great teammate.

  • Because at the end of your teammates will speak for you.

  • You know, organizations.

  • Well, we'll try to throw you under the bus.

  • And we've seen it over the course of time throughout a lot of athletes.

  • They will try to throw you under the bus.

  • But in the long run, if you talk to a lot of the former teammates, a lot of the guys that played the game and you talk to those guys, they black man, he's a hell of a guy.

  • Uh, we love them in the locker room.

  • He was He was great, you know?

  • So, e think you just talked to former teammates and they tell you about They last too.

  • Rachel LeBron is listening to you list off Chris Bosch.

  • Kyrie Kevin Now eighties out for stretch.

  • How is the 36 year old the most durable guy in the room?

  • Um, you know, I don't think it's ah, you know about that.

  • I mean, obviously has been some creek injuries, you know, CB went down towards going, um you know in the first round playoff.

  • Siri's back in 12, I believe.

  • You know, Kyrie had a freak injury where he fractured his knee cap in the finals.

  • You know, we saw that Kevin had a freak injury Where?

  • Kelly Olynyk.

  • They got tied up.

  • You know, Kelly was a little bit too aggressive and and was able to pull his shoulder out of place that we didn't quite like, But, um, you know, and obviously the way you know, You know, he played through injuries a lot as well, but he has some flare ups with his knee.

  • Um, is well, so, um you know, for me, I just always just try toe.

  • No, I don't know.

  • Try to keep my body in.

  • The best possible shape is possible.

  • If I've ever had an injury.

  • Maybe he's not having geologist.

  • Longtime, Obviously, I had to grow in injury a couple years ago, But other than that, I just try to always be proactive, be you will be available to my teammates.

  • But you know, these guys do they do not so much behind the scenes as well, you know, toe to keep their body and and two great shape of well, and they just had some freak injuries.

  • And, um, you know, you know, they're gonna do whatever it takes to get back on the floor, as everybody is one of my teammates have done.

  • They've all worked their ass off to get back on the floor.

  • And I expect to see my baby last question that Hey, Lebron, um, you always been a person of history, And Spencer Haywood has been the person that you spoken with and really trying to bring to the forefront.

  • Why is this his legacy so important?

  • Especially trying to get the naming of a rule change.

  • Um, I just think it is very important to highlight and acknowledge, um, people who laid down the groundwork for us to be in the position that we are today.

  • And I think Spencer Haywood is one of those guys along with Karim.

  • Yeah, along with, um, you know, big Old along with Bill Russell, along with, you know, so many others that played in that era, Um, that that just laid a lot of the groundwork both on the floor, also off the floor as well.

  • In order for me to sit here and play again that I love to play.

  • Um, you know, so much as I fell in love with guys that played a game.

  • Also fell in love with stories that was behind the game.

  • Um, you know, some of the hardships they had to go through in order to be in a position they were.

  • So he's one of those guys and just all about respecting the journey, respecting people that came before you.

  • Oh, and, uh, I've always been that way, though.

  • That's just why.

  • All right.

  • Thanks, everyone.

  • Thanks, LJ have a safe trip.

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