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LeBron James has been known as King James for his entire professional career, but it wasn’t until midway through the 2019-2020 he finally received his crown — albeit an imaginary one — just a couple days before the NBA season was suspended due to the coronavirus.


After a pair of masterful games in which he outplayed both reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Lakers star James was given an invisible crown by teammate Kyle Kuzma in the closing seconds of their win over the Clippers.

In all, James tallied 28 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in 35 minutes of court time against the Lake Show’s crosstown rivals, just 40 hours after recording 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists against the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks. In all, it was a performance befitting a king.


James royal reception at the Lakers bench was a far cry from earlier in the season when he was unable to get a high five from big man Dwight Howard.