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LeBron James Discussed Watching Zion Williamson Live

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on the court during a stop in play in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LeBron James has been the biggest star in basketball for over a decade, but it appears Zion Williamson may be a candidate to take the torch from the four-time MVP. Even though the freshman phenom isn't at the professional level yet, the buzz surrounding him is truly special.

Williamson is averaging 22.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest for Duke. His highlight-reel plays always catch the attention of the crowd, but it's equally impressive to see how much he hustles every game.

The Blue Devils are considered one of the heavy favorites to win the upcoming NCAA tournament, and Williamson has become the driving force behind their domination throughout the season.

Basketball fans have drawn comparisons between Williamson and James, which could gain even more traction if the Duke product is selected first overall in this year's NBA Draft.

With the All-Star Game on tap for this weekend, James spent time talking about the most popular prospect in the country. He was on hand in Charlottesville, along with friend and agent Rich Paul, to watch Zion and the Blue Devils beat Virginia for a second time this year.

Most people are in awe of Williamson's athletic ability, but James is also captivated by his ability to handle the spotlight from a young age.

From ESPN:

"What strikes me? His agility and his quickness," James said. "For his size, how strong he is, to be able to move like the way he moves, he's very impressive. I mean, everybody can see the athleticism. That's obviously, that's ridiculous. But the speed and the quickness that he moves [with] at that size is very impressive."

"I can relate in a sense of he's been covered since he was in high school and everybody is trying to compare him to the next this or the next that. But the best thing I've noticed is he seems like a good kid. He seems like he's got his head on straight."

The Lakers superstar dealt with questions from the media all the way back to his time in high school at St. Vincent–St. Mary.

In the event that the title of most polarizing star in the NBA does get passed over the next few years, it wouldn't be too surprising to see it go from James to Williamson.

[ESPN]