LeBron told a 17-year-old Simmons, “You have an opportunity to be better than me.”
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) November 30, 2017
Sports Illustrated‘s Lee Jenkins recreates the scene:
At 17, perched on the side of a high school gym in Las Vegas after a session at the LeBron James Skills Academy, [Simmons] felt a meaty palm on his shoulder.
“Tomorrow morning,” James told him, “6:30.” Simmons was dressed by four. […]
“You have an opportunity,” James told Simmons early on, “to be better than me. But you can’t skip steps. You have to do the work.”