Denver Nuggets veteran point guard Reggie Jackson takes a shot at Los Angeles Lakers superstar forward LeBron James during the first half of Tuesday’s regular season opener.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Jackson caught the ball in the corner and faked a move, but James was not worried. However, Jackson did so a second time, sending James flying to the floor.
The veteran point guard may have fouled. However, no one called. As a result, Jackson hit an open three-pointer to put the Nuggets ahead by 18 points.
Check out Jackson’s highlight reel below:
Also read: ‘I’m going to be a beast’: LeBron James says if it wasn’t basketball, he could be the GOAT in football or even another sport
LeBron James determined to win his fifth championship
After entering 21 years, LeBron James already has an NBA championship in his mind. In an interview before Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, James discussed his motivation to win his fifth championship:
“I just think it’s just motivation for me to continue to do the best I can and solidify what I want to do in my career and still see the Larry O’Brien Trophy in my mind every day.”
James also said that he wants to continue to establish himself as a basketball legend:
“But I also want to be a legend in this game and have my game speak for itself long after I’ve finished playing it.”
The Lakers superstar then spoke about the motivation he gets from seeing his teammates as focused as he is:
“But this team also inspires me. Coming to practice every day, watching the players go to work every day and challenge each other to try to get better every day. To achieve what we want to do. So that’s also a motivation.”
James is now the league’s oldest player, turning 39 in December. However, he shows no signs of slowing down as he is coming off a record-tying 19th All-NBA season. The Lakers, meanwhile, are once again a championship contender after revamping their roster around James and co-star Anthony Davis in the offseason.
So if all goes well in Los Angeles, James should have a good chance at winning his fifth championship.
Last season, James averaged 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 three-pointers in 55 games, while shooting 50.0% from the field.
Also read: Five NBA stars including LeBron James will play in the league for 21 seasons