LeBron James has royal message about Ben Simmons

Jordan Hall | NBC Sports Philadelphia
NBC Sports Philadelphia

One day, LeBron James will eventually relinquish his throne.

Sounds like he knows who's fit to be king.

While Ben Simmons and the Sixers impressively raced out to a 22-point lead over the Celtics in London on Thursday, James was clearly watching.

And casting his All-Star vote, too.

King James took to Twitter to give Simmons some love, while voting for the Sixers' rookie in the process (and to boot, the vote counts for two).

"He definitely got next," James tweeted.

When LeBron James is tweeting about you, you're doing something right.

Simmons has done plenty right so far through 38 contests. The 6-foot-10 point guard with a James-like game is averaging 16.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.3 assists.

The 21-year-old is also tight with James as both are represented by the same agency, Klutch Sports Group.

"I'm honored that a young, gifted kid like himself would allow me to even be a part of his life and be able to mentor him and be like a big brother to him," James said in late November. "So I'm honored by that and I will continue to do that as long as he would like me to."

Before the Sixers took the O2 Arena hardwood and blew their lead en route to a 114-103 loss to the Celtics, there was an All-Star ballot update, which showed Simmons had climbed in the polls.

James then added to it with a vote from his throne.

Call it the King's approval.

What to Read Next