LeBron James: Luka Doncic is my favorite player under 25

There has been no shortage of young superstars emerging in the NBA this year. Ja Morant had quite a run with the Memphis Grizzlies while Jayson Tatum is still vying for the title with the Boston Celtics after taking down Giannis Antetokounmpo and the defending champs Milwaukee Bucks. If you ask Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, however, neither of these two cornerstone studs stands out as his favorite. According to the Lakers talisman himself, this honor goes to Mavs superstar Luka Doncic: “LUKA. He’s my fav player!!” LeBron responded when asked who his favorite player under 25 is.
Source: Paolo Songco @ Clutch Points

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
My boy posted a pic of Luka Doncic w/a Dallas shag. I’m 😵 💀 ☠️. – 10:41 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
ICYMI, Monday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! Part 1 of our conversation with @damanr! We talk about the Lakers’ upcoming offseason, how they stack up against the west, and whether you can still build around LeBron. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how…8:44 PM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
The truest thing Pat Beverley ever said was ‘if LeBron hoopin, we all hoopin.’ 🤷🏻 – 8:38 PM

LeBron James @KingJames
Aight fire off – 8:33 PM

LeBron James @KingJames
Q&A folks??? – 8:30 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Per 36 in Playoffs
Year 4 LeBron
20.2 Pts, 6.5 Reb, 6.4 Ast, 1.4 Stl, 42%FG, 7.9 FTA
Year 4 Luka
31.4 Pts, 10.1 Reb, 6.6 Ast, 1.6 Stl, 47%FG, 7.8 FTA
LeBron carried the 2007 Cavs to the Finals, setting the stage for a GOAT career.
Luka is one series away from his 1st Finals. – 7:59 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Luka Doncic: “Honestly, I am really happy. You can’t get this smile off my face; I am just really happy. Honestly, I think we deserve this… We came here with a statement. Game 7. We believed, our locker room believed, everybody believed.” basketballnews.com/stories/luka-d…7:53 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Former Mavs coach Rick Carlisle on @1053thefan about Luka Doncic: “I don’t have any question in my mind that there will be multiple MVPs in his future. There will be championships in his future. He has a real, great, natural sense for the moment.” – 7:12 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Most points ever in a Game 7:
48 — Kevin Durant
47 — Dominique Wilkins
47 — Sam Jones
46 — Luka Doncic
(Submitted by @durantmuse) pic.twitter.com/gVbLuooWsw6:49 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Highest PPG by a Heat player in a playoff run (min 10 games):
30.3 — LeBron in 2012
28.7 — Jimmy in 2022
(Submitted by @HEATmuse) pic.twitter.com/BXAyXN0PkD6:48 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Steph Curry’s thoughts after Mavs’ Game 7 win: “Obviously Luka’s doing what he’s doing, putting up crazy numbers. The way he finished out that series was pretty special.” – 6:43 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Chris Paul last night: “I’ll be back next year. I’m not retiring tomorrow.” But tomorrow comes for us all, and if today belongs to Luka Doncic, won’t tomorrow belong to him too? sports.yahoo.com/chris-paul-run…6:27 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
On overreaction Monday: Luka is great, but I saw someone say he’s better than Year 4 Jordan. And Chris Paul has had some tough playoff moments, including last night, but he’s still all-time great. Can we agree on that? Cool – 5:28 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
“That was savagery on a whole other level.”
@Logan Murdock and @Bell19Raja revisit the moment from Game 7 when Luka cooked Deandre Ayton: https://t.co/Sqid9MVViI pic.twitter.com/MA7gehC69d5:07 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Column: Luka Doncic is undeniable. Chris Paul.. not so much + more for @NYDNSports nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…4:18 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
🔮Jason Kidd’s “crystal ball” has unlocked another level of Luka Doncic’s game according to @Dallas Mavericks GM Nico Harrison.
#MFFL | @BCusterTV | @LegsESPN pic.twitter.com/dpUkPAdN6L3:46 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Luka Doncic’s legend grows as Chris Paul gets exposed #NBA #Mavs #Suns nypost.com/2022/05/16/luk… via @nypostsports3:44 PM

Trey Kerby @treykerby
Just had an emergency dentist appointment so that I could pull off the Luka Smile at pickup this week 😃 pic.twitter.com/tJoOdblfYL3:41 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
For the sickos who like to watch, Monday’s @LockedOnLakers pod, YouTube version. We talk w/@damanr about the Lakers’ standing in the west, LeBron’s future, offseason moves and more. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
youtube.com/watch?v=Bww9gr…3:31 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
5 storylines for Mavericks-Warriors: Stats say Luka Doncic is the best player left in the playoffs dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…3:18 PM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Dallas built a rounded team around Luka after he signed his $207M contract. Then, they added leadership with people he trusted:
– Hired J Kidd as coach
– Hired his national coach Igor Kokoskov as lead assistant
– Hired Nico Harrison as GM
frontofficesports.com/why-luka-donci… via @FOS2:54 PM

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @Kevin Arnovitz on the Mavs humiliating the Suns, CP3 and Booker’s G7 duds, LUKA, what’s next for Phoenix, fake Ayton trades, and Warriors-Mavs deep dive preview. Then @Brian Scalabrine on BOS outlasting Giannis, Heat-Celtics preview:
Apple: apple.co/3wqszMi2:01 PM

Jeff Wade @SkinWade
How many Mavs/Luka segments y’all want from us today?
@BenRogers @Krystina_Ray @ktfuntweets1:53 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Svetislav Pesic says Jokic and Doncic are the best Europeans to ever play in NBA
sportando.basketball/en/svetislav-p…1:53 PM

Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
Luka is a legend, but when the entire Suns team can’t score, the story is also about the Mavericks’ defense. https://t.co/0pdKkh7brf How do they do it? BRING IT IN with @David Thorpe @jshector pic.twitter.com/MKfG0eq7Sx1:41 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After blowing out the Suns in Game 7, Luka Doncic and the Mavs will officially meet the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/15/mav…1:00 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Monday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast, w/@damanr (part 1)! We discuss where the Lakers stack up around the west, offseason priorities and whether committing to LeBron still works. #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
Subscribe. Rate. Enjoy. Thx!
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how…12:47 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“What I was really watching was, just, greatness.”
Hear what @BCusterTV & @LegsESPN had to say about Luka Doncic and the @Dallas Mavericks after they win Game 7 in Phoenix to advance to the Western Conference Final!
#dALLasIN pic.twitter.com/oUAYcX2Lrc12:45 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Top 5 MVP voting for 2022:
1. Nikola Jokic
2. Joel Embiid
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
4. Devin Booker
5. Luka Doncic
It’s the first time since media started voting for MVP in the 1980-81 season that none of the top 4 made the conference finals that season. – 11:46 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
MVP vote getters this season:
1. Eliminated
2. Eliminated
3. Eliminated
4. Eliminated
5. Luka Doncic
6. Jayson Tatum pic.twitter.com/c5Qc2lETBh11:44 AM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Warriors-Mavericks series preview: Biggest questions, key matchup, predictions and more
It all starts with the Warriors’ defense on Luka Doncic theathletic.com/3313054/2022/0…10:48 AM

Mark Followill @MFollowill
The series Luka had vs Phoenix was just outstanding in every way. 32.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 7.0 apg, 2.1 spg. The only higher scoring averages in a playoff series in Mavs history are:
Luka 35.7 vs LAC (2021)
Dirk 34.4 vs DEN (2009)
Dirk 33.3 vs MIN (2002)
Ro Blackman 32.8 vs POR (1985) – 10:32 AM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
NBA’s best from May 15:
– L. Doncic: 35 pts, 10 reb, +37
– S. Dinwiddie: 30 pts, 11-17 fg, 25 min
– G. Williams: 27 pts, 6 reb, 2 blk
– Giannis: 25 pts, 20 reb, 9 ast
– J. Brunson: 24 pts, 6 reb, 30 min
– J. Tatum: 23 pts, 6 reb, 8 ast
– Jr. Holiday: 21 pts, 5 reb, 8 ast – 10:29 AM

David Locke @DLocke09
LOCKED ON JAZZ – Luka Doncic and Dallas made Phoenix look like Utah and it was a bad day for Centers – lockedonjazz.net/jazz/luka-donc…10:09 AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Leaders in each statistical category in the Mavs-Suns series:
Points:
1. Luka Doncic: 228
2. Devin Booker: 164
Assists:
1. Doncic: 49
2. Chris Paul: 40
Rebounds:
1. Doncic: 69
2. D. Ayton: 57
Steals:
1. Doncic: 15
2. Mikal Bridges: 9
3-pointers:
1. Doncic: 22
2. Crowder: 16 – 10:06 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie last night:
🔥 Doncic – 35 PTS, 78.9 eFG%
🔥 Dinwiddie – 30 PTS, 90.0 eFG%
They are just the fifth teammates in NBA history to each score at least 30 points with a 75 eFG% in the same playoff game.
They are the only pair to do so in a Game 7. pic.twitter.com/C99A73itIr9:31 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Luka Doncic last night:
✅ 35 PTS
✅ 10 REB
✅ 6-11 3P
It’s the second time Doncic has scored at least 35 points with five 3P made in a Game 7.
He’s the only player in NBA history to record multiple such games. pic.twitter.com/1EzSX55qQ69:21 AM

NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
The LUKA 1 • GAME 7! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/RlxxwmUJuj9:19 AM

Nick Wright @getnickwright
Final segment of @FTFonFS1 starts now… should I take it easy on @Chris Broussard & @kevinwildes or finish them off for good for their egregious Mavs & Luka opinions? – 9:19 AM

Vincent Ellis @AlabamaScribe56
Will this season have us rethinking our top 5 NBA guys with Luka and Tatum ascending? – 9:18 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Luka Doncic in the 2022 NBA Playoffs:
✅ 315 PTS
✅ 101 REB
✅ 66 AST
Doncic is just the third player in NBA history to record at least 300p/100r/50a through his first 10 games of a postseason.
He joins Oscar Robertson (1963) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (2022). pic.twitter.com/bE5F1wC3iG9:01 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Luka in the Suns series:
— More points than Booker
— More rebounds than Ayton
— More assists than CP
— More steals than Mikal pic.twitter.com/weRy9Nh8j68:42 AM

Nick Wright @getnickwright
Why Luka is already one of the greatest to ever do it. Right now on @FTFonFS18:32 AM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I wonder how beneficial all of those years playing against LeBron will be for Golden State as they prepare for Luka.
Different players obviously, but Draymond and Kerr have a lot of experience planning for heliocentric megastars. – 1:09 AM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Warriors finish road back to top post KD and injuries.
Luka notches pantheon young superstar title.
Pat Riley completes post-LeBron/Wade rebuild.
Celtics with potential all-time shut the haters up title.
Four pretty awesome outcomes on the table. – 10:31 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
When you see Giannis put on the performances he did and his team still fall short due in part to one major injury it makes you appreciate the LeBron 8 consecutive Finals streak even more. So many things that could go wrong along the way and yet this man was a constant. – 10:31 PM

Nick Wright @getnickwright
I said it on @FTFonFS1 right after it happened… But CP3 & Booker mocking Luka at the Game 2 presser had REAL LBJ & Wade mocking Dirk during ‘11 Finals vibes.
Then, Booker pulled the “Luka Special” bullshit.
Now, Luka has 27 at the half… and CP3 & Booker have made ZERO shots. – 9:00 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Giannis vs. Tatum reminded me a bit of LeBron vs. Dwight in 2009.
The loser was the better overall player, but the other was close enough for his superior supporting cast to carry him over the top. The No. 1 player lost to another top-five guy on a better team. – 6:41 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2018, the @Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James had 42 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in a postseason loss to the Celtics.
It was the third 40-point triple-double of James’ postseason career, breaking a tie with Oscar Robertson for the most such games in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/xglDDyGPtX4:01 PM

LeBron James @KingJames
YESSIR!!!!!! WE ARE THE #EmiratesFACup WINNERS!!!!!!! @LFC 🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑 pic.twitter.com/ZgxsC1qTC92:42 PM

LeBron James @KingJames
MOOD!!!!!!!!!!! @LFC pic.twitter.com/aIlYqH34Cq2:41 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Best East road performances in a must-win Game 6 in last 10 years
2022: Jayson Tatum, 46 points
2012: LeBron James, 45 points masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…11:24 AM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Most points in a playoff win, facing elimination, on road:
50: Wilt Chamberlain, PHL at BOS, 1960
46: Jayson Tatum, BOS at MIL, 2022
45: LeBron James, MIA at BOS, 2012
45: Kawhi Leonard, LAC at DAL, 2021
(ps: Jamal Murray had 50 in a “road” game in the bubble vs. Utah in 2020) – 10:07 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: LeBron, Lakers’ owner Jeanie Buss “in a good place right now” nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/14/rep…10:01 AM

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