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LeBron James uses Iron Man vs. Spider-Man comparison to describe viral in-game exchange with Lakers teammate Austin Reaves

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LeBron James uses Iron Man vs. Spider-Man comparison to describe viral in-game exchange with Lakers teammate Austin Reaves

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Austin Reaves is now officially a member of the LJCU (LeBron James Cinematic Universe).

During the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game between the Lakers and the Nets, the Los Angeles rookie goaltender had a conversation with James that left him completely bewildered. James’ instructions seemed to blow Reaves away, giving NBA Twitter a whole new meme.

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James decided to have fun with the viral exchange. The four-time NBA MVP posted photos on Instagram showing him talking to Reaves’ Tony Stark/Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr. talking to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man. James pulled out a Stark quote from the Marvel movie “Spider-Man: Homecoming” for the caption.

“Don’t do anything I would, and especially don’t do anything I wouldn’t,” James wrote. “There’s a little gray area in there, and that’s where you operate.”

At the start of the film, Stark gives Parker his new Spider-Man suit and attempts to offer in-depth advice. He only confuses Parker, of course, eliciting a Reaves-like reaction from the young web-slinger.

Reaves and James were clearly not on the same page at the time, but James was impressed with Reaves’ play throughout the season. He didn’t post stunning numbers (5.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 20.8 minutes per game), but Reaves managed to carve out a consistent spot in the Lakers rotation and to quickly earn the respect of his teammates.

“Obviously we had a gem in Austin,” James said earlier this month (via USA Today). “I watched a lot of films about him when we were able to acquire him. I know what type of players I like to play with, and I knew straight away that he would have an immediate impact on our ball club. probably before himself and our coaches and many other teammates.”

Remember, Austin, if you’re nothing without the Lakers uniform, you shouldn’t have it – or something like that. Actually, more Iron Man advice. Just keep doing what you’re doing.



LeBron James uses Iron Man vs. Spider-Man comparison to describe viral in-game exchange with Lakers teammate Austin Reaves

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