Metta World Peace Describes What Happened When 15-Year-Old LeBron James Scrimmaged Michael Jordan

Robert Marvi
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Ever since he came into the NBA in 2003, LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan.

In fact, when James was 15, he had the extreme fortune of being able to scrimmage with His Airness himself.

Former Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace talked about what happened that day on Instagram Live on Tuesday.

Of all the superstars who entered the NBA right out of high school, James was the most physically developed and ready to compete against seasoned pros.

He averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists a game as a rookie, which are impressive numbers for someone who is fresh out of college, let alone high school.

Although the Jordan comparisons have persisted, people have felt more and more that James more closely resembles Magic Johnson due to his tendency to prefer getting an assist rather than looking to score.

This has especially been evident since the Akron, Ohio native joined the Lakers. In L.A., James has essentially been a point guard, a position he never really played with the Cleveland Cavaliers or Miami Heat.

With the Lakers, James has also led one of the league’s deadliest fast breaks this season, which has given greater credence to the Johnson comparisons. The Cavs and Heat were never a true running team with the four-time MVP.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.