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LeBron James voted best player in Team USA training camp

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Seventeen-year-old Duke phenom Cooper Flagg might have been the surprise star of Team USA training camp, but the real plot twist was that an NBA legend more than twice his age, 39-year-old LeBron James, was the best. James, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer who is months away from the start of his 22nd season, was voted the top national team player in camp in a straw poll of Olympic camp participants conducted by The Athletic.
Source: New York Times

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Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Steph Curry discussed playing alongside LeBron James for Team USA warriorswire.usatoday.com/2024/07/09/ste… pic.twitter.com/7PDf4ztlOB1:05 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Most PTS in an age _ season:
18 — Kobe
19 — Melo
20 — LeBron
21 — LeBron
22 — Barry
23 — Jordan
24-27 — Wilt
28 — Elgin
29 — Harden
30 — Barry
31 — West
32 — Jordan
33 — Jordan
34 — Jordan
35 — English
36 — Malone
37 — Malone
38 — Kareem
39 — LeBron
40-41 — Kareem
42-43 — Vince pic.twitter.com/pj4BX7Suk612:45 PM

Evan Sidery @esidery
America has assembled arguably the greatest roster ever for the Olympics:
Bam Adebayo
Devin Booker
Stephen Curry
Anthony Davis
Kevin Durant
Anthony Edwards
Joel Embiid
Tyrese Haliburton
Jrue Holiday
LeBron James
Kawhi Leonard
Jayson Tatum
Dream Team 2.0 in full effect 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OfwGFPS0Lq11:13 AM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
BREAKING: Polling out of battleground Nevada shows…LeBron James was the best player of USA’s Olympic training camp. With my co-pollster, ⁦@sam_amick⁩ ⁦@TheAthleticNBA⁩ nytimes.com/athletic/56254…10:05 AM
Lev Akabas @LevAkabas
LeBron has been in the top 5 NBA players in jersey sales for 21 consecutive seasons
The next most top 5 appearances during that span: Kobe (12), Steph (9), KD (7) pic.twitter.com/KWLfACjkhF8:30 AM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
A paradox, and an underrated obstacle for the Lakers this offseason. In a vacuum as players, LeBron and AD remain very complementary of each other. But from a standpoint of building/rebuilding the roster, they’re not nearly as ideal/flexible to build around as in ’19-20. (1x) AK – 9:38 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
For the sickos who like to watch, Monday’s @LockedOnLakers pod, on YouTube! We discuss LeBron’s comments about his contract and the Lakers’ offseason, plus how the young Lakers have looked in the Cali Classic. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
youtu.be/36CIBqaX4uw?t=…7:08 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
LeBron to Steph for three 💦 @usabasketball pic.twitter.com/HXU1F8aWdO6:58 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Duke’s Cooper Flagg on the messages he’s received from USA Basketball players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant during training camp: “They’ve all been pretty welcoming. … They’re just telling me to keep working and stay grounded.” pic.twitter.com/fef9h9IRiV5:53 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
LeBron James on how Team USA will manage to play so much talent:
“It’s a great problem to have we have so many great players but we all have to make sacrifices.” pic.twitter.com/I8wFN5mygy5:39 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Today was the first Team USA practice where LeBron James and Steph Curry played together. Steve Kerr said they liked it and their games complement each other. Expect to see that more of that in Paris. pic.twitter.com/NwWHO2blsl5:37 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Spo getting a post-practice selfie with Bam, Jaime and LeBron. – 5:23 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Cooper Flagg has had some moments in this scrimmage. Had a drive and rim out over LeBron James, then hit a corner 3 and just had a nice putback in traffic to put the Select Team ahead with just under two minutes left in the scrimmage. – 5:14 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
After 1⃣2⃣ years break, LeBron James will play in the Olympics again 👑🇺🇸
🇬🇷 2004 Athens
🇨🇳 2008 Beijing
🇬🇧 2012 London
🇫🇷 2024 Paris ⬅ pic.twitter.com/ACHtiZStxk5:05 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr also swapped Bam Adebayo for Joel Embiid to play with Steph, ANT, Tatum and LeBron. pic.twitter.com/7jP1Ez9VRJ5:05 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
LeBron and Steph connecting for a three. pic.twitter.com/hTQMA5TSIC5:04 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Lakers’ LeBron James to Warriors’ Stephen Curry for three during USA Basketball scrimmage pic.twitter.com/PZZ3M97sX45:03 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
LeBron James and Steph Curry. Finally teammates on Team USA. pic.twitter.com/mtngCvkx2X5:03 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
New Team USA group: Steph Curry, Anthony Edwards, Jayson Tatum, LeBron James and Joel Embiid. Embiid facilitates a bit and also knocks down a 3 pic.twitter.com/DbU2kNDisf5:01 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Great piece @Neil_Paine . If LeBron comes through in 2011 both the objective and subjective conversation about him is so different and he’s very close to MJ neilpaine.substack.com/p/the-2011-fin…4:35 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron in the Bubble:
26.2 PPG
9.9 RPG
8.3 APG
Finals MVP. pic.twitter.com/4Vj9SlIrun3:12 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Steph, to @YahooSports on LeBron: “in the Finals, that brings out the healthy animosity… And you’re going to have some bad blood. you can be competitive, you can have that killer instinct, but still have the utmost respect”
sports.yahoo.com/stephen-curry-…1:53 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Monday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We discuss LeBron’s comments about his contract, the pay cut, and the current state of the Lakers roster. Plus, how’s the Summer League team looking? (Spoiler: Not great!) @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/leb…1:49 PM

More on this storyline

Carmelo Anthony was amused at his son’s lack of faith in their odds, taking to social media to call Kiyan out. “I’m going to remember this,” Carmelo wrote. When asked if Kiyan would convince Carmelo to come out of retirement and team up with him if he gets drafted himself one day, Kiyan indicated he has been working on it. “I’m going to try. I’ve been trying.” -via ESPN / July 9, 2024
“That’s what I told my brother after the first day, I was like dude’s 40 and he’s the best player on the court,” said Amen Thompson, a forward for the Houston Rockets and a voter in the poll, due to his participation in camp as a select team member. The U.S. roster is full of future Hall of Famers and is often compared to the storied 1992 Dream Team, but James won the poll with a plurality of votes cast with five. Stephen Curry, Anthony Edwards and Jrue Holiday each received two votes. Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Bam Adebayo each received one vote. -via New York Times / July 9, 2024
Over the weekend, there was a new spin on the Anthony pairing’s potential competitiveness. Who would win a 2-on-2 matchup between Carmelo and Kiyan and new Los Angeles Lakers teammates LeBron James and Bronny James? Kiyan Anthony once again kept his candor, this time putting himself and his father on the losing side of the matchup. “I think Bron and Bronny would win, to be honest,” Anthony said. “Just because Bron is still in the league. He’s still doing what he doing.” -via ESPN / July 9, 2024

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