LeBron James is in his 16th season in the NBA. Solely six energetic gamers have performed extra video games than James, so the Los Angeles Lakers ahead is about as removed from being a rookie as you will get. Apparently somebody forgot to inform the San Antonio Spurs, who mistakenly gave James the “R” designation — for rookie — in their press notes for Friday’s house game.

Perhaps the Spurs had been making an attempt to trick James into enjoying like a rookie, when he averaged a career-low 20.9 factors per game and shot a career-worst 41.7 p.c from the sphere. Or perhaps the error was Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s manner of getting reporters to do their analysis on James.

For the file, the final time James performed an NBA game as a rookie was April 14, 2004, when he scored 17 factors to assist the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks. James confronted the Spurs twice throughout his 2003-04 rookie season, together with a 32-point, 11-rebound efficiency in a win over Popovich’s squad in February of that season. He additionally was named Rookie of the Yr — although the yr was 2004, not 2018.

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