Cade Cunningham adamantly states his 'welcome to the NBA moment' will be against LeBron James - Lakers Daily

Cade Cunningham adamantly states his ‘welcome to the NBA moment’ will be against LeBron James

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Cade Cunningham, the talented point guard for Oklahoma State University, is expected to become the first player chosen in Thursday’s NBA draft.

He paid Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James a high compliment when he was asked what his welcome to the NBA moment would be.

LeBron James, just because, I mean he got a ‘Space Jam’ movie now, so, I mean, that’s ‘Space Jam,’” said Cunningham. “LeBron has been someone I’ve been watching growing up, a lot of inspiration for me. He’s been to the Finals pretty much every year I can remember. To be on the court with him, that’s gonna be special for sure, but definitely good to be able to see where I’m at.”

The Texas native stands 6-foot-8 and weighs 220 pounds. While he is not nearly as powerful as James, his many skill sets have garnered some comparisons to the four-time NBA champ.

The Detroit Pistons have the first pick in the draft and will almost certainly select Cunningham. He could be a huge boon to a franchise that hasn’t been a very good team in over a decade.

Meanwhile, the Lakers themselves are reportedly hoping to acquire a lottery pick themselves. They currently hold the 22nd pick in Thursday’s draft.

The Lakers could presumably use any high pick they acquire to subsequently land a big-name guard.