NBA Fans Clown On LeBron James Over Dubious Austin Reaves Claim

Los Angeles Lakers teammates Austin Reaves and LeBron James

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It’s hard to imagine many people thought Austin Reaves would have a huge impact in the NBA when you consider the Witchita State-turned-Oklahoma product went undrafted before signing a two-way contract with the Lakers in 2021.

It was consequently pretty easy for the guard to surpass the expectations that were set for him when you consider they were practically nonexistent, but it’s hard not to be incredibly impressed by what he’s managed to achieve since making his debut in Los Angeles.

Reaves had a solid rookie campaign but emerged as a serious Sixth Man of the Year contender this season thanks to his stellar contributions off the bench.

On Sunday night, he got his first taste of the NBA Playoffs and played a key role in his team’s win over the Grizzlies by posting 23 points in the Lakers’ decisive 128-112 win—including a couple he scored on the pull-up jump shot that resulted in Reaves proclaiming “I’M HIM!”

Reaves has been on the receiving end of plenty of praise from LeBron James (who has been willing to overlook the shade his teammate threw his way when he was a teen).

After the contest, the basketball legend presented him with his newest bunch of flowers during a press conference where he claimed he’s known the 24-year-old has what it takes to make it in the NBA since their first practice together.

There’s a very good chance LeBron actually felt that way, but it’s also a little hard to believe that’s the case when you consider he has a very, very lengthy history of making some dubious claims concerning his supposed ability to predict the future.

As a result, it didn’t take long for plenty of fans to question whether or not that was actually the case—including plenty of people who posted the exact same reaction after coming across the comment.


It’s worth noting there are some receipts to back up LeBron’s stance, but it’s also funnier if you pretend there aren’t.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.