Saturday, August 13, 2022

NO Respect! NBA Rookie Challenges LeBron James: ‘I Want To See How Great He is’ | VIDEO

*Indiana Pacers rookie Bennedict Mathurin has not played a single NBA game but that’s not stopping him from calling out Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James

Mathurin, 20, told the Washington Post that James is going to have to prove he’s a better pro basketball player than him.

“A lot of people say he’s great,” Mathurin told the Post. “I want to see how great he is. I don’t think anybody is better than me. He’s going to have to show me he’s better than me.”

Per Blavtiy, Mathurin was the No. 6 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and said he wants to win the 2023 rookie of the year award. He survived tragedy and a tough upbringing in a troubled neighborhood in Montreal to get to NBA. 

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NBA rookie Bennedict Mathurin
Bennedict Mathurin via Twitter

“It was a pretty rough neighborhood,” Mathurin said. “It wasn’t easy. There were people who chose the wrong path. A lot of people died. Drugs. Guns. Shootings and violent stuff. I’ve always been around it. That really shaped me as a person. I learned to be grateful. My family kept me focused on the things I wanted to do. Basketball is really what saved me.”

At 12 years old, his 15-year-old brother Jeune died after being hit by a car.

“A car hit him,” the Canada-born athlete said. “I was at home. He just didn’t come back from school. My mom was wondering what happened. She received a call. She went to the hospital. She found him. It was hard for my mom, my sister and my whole family. We didn’t move on easily. It took a couple years to get used to it.”

Meanwhile, when it comes to LeBron… we reported previously that he is officially a billionaire! Forbes reported the big news earlier this month, welcoming the NBA star into the three commas clubs. According to the business site, the 18-time NBA all-star, 4-time NBA champion, and 4-time MVP has made more than $1.2 billion in his professional career.

He has earned more than $385 million in NBA salaries from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2021 James’ racked up $121.2 million, which made him the second-highest paid athlete in the world behind fútbol superstar Lionel Messi at the time. However, according to Forbes, he is currently the NBA’s highest-paid active player.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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