Lakers’ LeBron James: Critics of My Mentoring Young Players Can ‘Kiss My Ass’

Lakers’ LeBron James: Critics of My Mentoring Young Players Can ‘Kiss My Ass’
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 1: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans hugs LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers after the game on March 1, 2020 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James is still on the short list of the best players in the NBA, but he embraces his role as a 35-year-old mentor when it comes to the next generation.

On Sunday, following his Los Angeles Lakers‘ 122-114 win over Zion Williamson’s New Orleans Pelicans, the future Hall of Famer and the rookie embraced and shared words following the game. James told reporters he understands he has a responsibility to be a mentor and even had a special message for those who think he shouldn’t do so while playing:

James may see himself as a mentor, but it’s not like he took it easy on Williamson.

The King accounted for Anthony D