The Ohio State Buckeyes take on the defending National Champion Clemson Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday night. And opinions on the matchup flew in on social media in the week or so prior to the game.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was asked after the conclusion of Saturday morning’s shootaround in Portland how much of the Ohio State game he’d be able to watch. It has been well-documented that James would have potentially played for the Buckeyes if he didn’t elect to forgo college head straight into the 2003 NBA Draft.
“I don’t know, I can’t change my game-day routine. I’m going to treat my day as if I am playing if I’m able to go. So, everything changes with that, but I’ll keep on it a little bit as much as I can,” said James.
James is currently dealing with an injury to his groin, and it was reaggravated in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas Day in the first quarter.
James said that he felt some improvement from yesterday and had treatment in the area. He also mentioned that they did something to fast track the process when asked this morning in Portland per ESPN.
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LeBron James Gifts Ohio State Football Team New Beats Headphones
On Friday, Heavy’s Vinciane Ngomsi detailed that ‘The King’ gifted the entire Ohio State Buckeyes football team brand new pairs of Beats by Dre headphones. The news was first revealed by the team’s official Twitter account.
“Best of luck, men! You guys are here for a reason, so just enjoy the moment and make the most of it! Don’t settle for anything less than greatness. O-H…#GoBucks!”
As for the Lakers, they are looking to snap a four-game losing streak tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. It is also a matchup that will feature James’ draft classmate and friend, Carmelo Anthony who is averaging 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 17 games as a member of the Blazers.
Danny Green Thinks Carmelo Anthony is a Trail Blazer at Heart
Earlier this week, Heavy’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson spoke with Lakers guard Danny Green about Carmelo Anthony signing with the Blazers after being out of the league for a year.
“I’m happy, man,” the Lakers sharpshooter told Robinson.
“I’m really excited for him. Obviously, it was a process, it was up and down, he continued to stay in shape, continued to fight and we all know how skilled of a player he is in this world, in this league. And there’s no reason why he shouldn’t have been out there.”
On December 7, 2019, Portland Trailblazer’s coach Terry Stotts shared that Anthony has been “a pleasure,” per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Melo’s been terrific for us,” Stotts said. “He’s enjoying the experience. He’s been a breath of fresh air for us that we needed.”
“We put a kind of limit/restriction on the first game or two just because we didn’t want to extend his minutes, not knowing what shape he was in,” Stotts told Spain and Company. “But now he’s playing 32-35 minutes, he played 37 minutes the other night. And for him to be out of NBA basketball for a year and be able to come in and play productive minutes for 35 minutes in an NBA game, to me, was remarkable.”