By Annie Ross
The Sixers are 7-point faves today at home against LeBron James and the Lakers.
So, where was the King yesterday?
Was he practicing with the rest of his mates in Philly?
He was watching Duke-Virginia in Charlottesville!
When James and Rajon Rondo walked into John Paul Jones Arena in the first half of No. 2 Duke’s 81-71 victory at No. 3 Virginia on last night, thousands of fans squealed as they held up their smartphones to capture the moment.
But Zion Williamson, the projected No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft, claimed he didn’t notice the buzz or the NBA All-Star.
“LeBron was out there?” Williamson asked after the game. “I didn’t see LeBron.”
Then one of his teammates yelled, “That’s your big brother!” Williamson replied: “Stop it, bro.”
It seemed as if Williamson was simply trying to avoid producing any headlines that would center on him. But his teammates all said they saw James and Rondo but tried to ignore them and stay locked into the game.
“I mean, we noticed, but you definitely still got a game to win, so we’re focused,” said forward RJ Barrett, who finished with a game-high 26 points after he made 60 percent of his 3-point attempts (6-for-10).
Blue Devils guard Tre Jones said he was more startled to see Rondo, one of his idols, than James.
“I didn’t notice until probably the second half. It’s hard to miss [James] when he stands up,” Jones said. “A guy who was there, Rajon Rondo, is someone I’ve been watching since I was really young. I’ve always loved his game. Just as a point guard, he’s always been able to control the game.”