Will Zion Williamson be able to transcend LeBron James? | First Take

  • Ajoutée 8 nov. 2018
  • Stephen A. Smith, Jalen Rose and Max Kellerman gush over Duke freshman Zion Williamson's strengths and discuss whether he has the ability to transcend Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.

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  • Oasis
    Oasis Il y a 5 jours

    Zion is the answer to LBJ, mark my words. NOLA is gonna be Loud and LIT
    There is no player that truly challenged LBJ in terms of talent for talent other than Kobe, that's it.
    Now? Zion is definitely that dude. he is not better than LBJ YET, give him a couple of years.
    Younger, Faster, Jumps higher, maybe stronger and will have far more in the tank than LBJ.
    LBJ era is over, get over it. those days of going to the ECF 8 years in a row vs overrated foes is FIN. never gonna see that again.

  • iiCookiezz
    iiCookiezz Il y a 15 jours +2

    I mean he got the physical features of the next king, hes bulk, hes African American (me 2) and basically has that mentality to win idk why all the legends look the same Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, *Zion?*

  • Carbon X
    Carbon X Il y a 25 jours


  • Woah Kenny!!
    Woah Kenny!! Il y a mois

    First time I’ve seen Jaylen without a crispy line up

  • Rati Konjaria
    Rati Konjaria Il y a mois

    well transition game obviously gonna be his biggest strenght and there is no reason why he wont be as good as anybody there but to be a MVP level player one day he has to get a jumper, he aint Shaq, hes under height so whatever the muscule you got you cant just bulldoze guys like Gobert Davis Deandre or whoever at 6/7, Simmons got strenghts he is quick too and 6/10 by the way but still cant be a good enough scorrer because of absence of outside shot and also being that heavy jumping that hight has some risks.. will see

  • Phaul Peralta
    Phaul Peralta Il y a mois

    Whose making these topics holy

  • bos tom
    bos tom Il y a mois

    Zion 6'7 but weight and jump is wild...Smith just talks out of his ass this was right but covering basletball for as long as you have but still dk basketball

  • nabil chowdhury
    nabil chowdhury Il y a mois

    i don't think anyone in NBA history is on Russ or MJ level in terms of pound for pound athleticism. Lebron comes in close. Also, wasn't Bron 275 back in the day.

  • j
    j Il y a mois

    hes already better then lebron.

  • Theron Wright
    Theron Wright Il y a 2 mois

    Lebron in his was way better . All Zion points come from paint and dunks. Lebron could do it all at his age

  • Anthony Dunn
    Anthony Dunn Il y a 2 mois +1

    This young man is the next Dominique Wilkins, but in this time zone. Real Talk🏀He will be drafted by Atlanta Hawks or he will get rings with the
    A Hawks. Real Talk North Carolina feeling...

  • Ranji Singh
    Ranji Singh Il y a 2 mois

    ESPN has dibs on the Zion Williamson crash and burn story on a future 30/30. The kid is 6’5 1/2! He will be exposed against taller longer (7’0+ wingspans compared to Zions average 6’10 wingspan) NBA forwards. He just can’t steamroll people over in the NBA.

  • Tommy X
    Tommy X Il y a 2 mois +1

    Zion will be a bust, Greg Oden 2.0. Do you think teams are going to pass on Durant 2.0 with RJ Barrett? No way.

  • Theron Wright
    Theron Wright Il y a 2 mois

    His 48 inch vertical is exaggerated. His chest would be over rim

  • Zeebstsr Y
    Zeebstsr Y Il y a 2 mois

    Chill don’t put these expectations or limits on him

  • Allen Analog
    Allen Analog Il y a 3 mois


  • Isaac McCray
    Isaac McCray Il y a 3 mois

    Am i the only person who heard zion just get called a "transgender" athlete? Am i tripping... i listened to that sentence like 3 times just now

  • Reginald Mcpherson
    Reginald Mcpherson Il y a 3 mois

    I feel like he's gonna get hurt. I apologize for being negative about the brother. The way he plays is special but I see injury I hope I'm wrong. But I don't think he can last long as Bron has

  • yo Momma's Drawls
    yo Momma's Drawls Il y a 3 mois

    Zion is 6ft 6in. 276lbs with 42 inch vertical. During games with his Adrenaline pumping his vertical is 46

  • The Raccoon
    The Raccoon Il y a 3 mois

    Zion just takes so much from so many players Like Dominique, Barkley, Kemp, Blake, Larry Johnson, Julius Randle, more Athletic Zach Randolph, and Lebron😮

  • starz gonzales
    starz gonzales Il y a 3 mois

    Nah Zion...build your own legacy! And yes...be smarter..take care of those knees..dunk crazy,land safely...longevity is key...

  • eStream eTv
    eStream eTv Il y a 3 mois +1

    ******#Z1on** h@s @lre@dy tr@nscended th@t other guy by f@r just on org@nic r@w t@lent supern@tur@l power @gility @nd int@ngibles @nd will le@d **#NYK** to multiple 🏆🏆🏆 with **#KD** @nd **#Kyrie** **#NBA2019DRAFT** **#ChangesEverything******

  • Pruthvirajsinh Rathod
    Pruthvirajsinh Rathod Il y a 4 mois

    Lbj king

  • Jbundy
    Jbundy Il y a 4 mois +1

    Lmao. Now you can’t say RJ Barrett is the best player on the team. Zion went in there and killed it all.

  • Brandon Hamilton
    Brandon Hamilton Il y a 4 mois

    Next Lebron? I don’t think so... Lebron runs a team, like his vision and handles and size and combination of talent make him special, this kid Zion special as well, he is strong and powerful, and has a leaping ability that is straight video game ridiculous! But he isn’t Lebron, I’d say more of the next Shawn Kemp 2.0 super freakish athlete type front line guy. But hey you never know. It will be a fun ride watching him at the next level and compete, and I’m already a fan!

  • Colin Daniels
    Colin Daniels Il y a 4 mois

    Lol 😂

  • SP 29
    SP 29 Il y a 5 mois

    Zion will never be LBJ cos he has no outside game and doubt he will be able to develop all of sudden. Ben Simmons is a prime example as he is an outstanding baller but cannot be an elite in NBA cos he cannot shoot.

  • DerrickKet562
    DerrickKet562 Il y a 5 mois

    Highly unlikely. People forget how skilled LeBron actually is. I get it because his insane, one of a kind athleticism is something to behold, but they’re are a lot of guys in the NBA that are extremely athletic. LeBron is just the best at combining skill with athleticism since Jordan.

  • søren sko
    søren sko Il y a 5 mois

    I’m not gonna lie to you Max, we don’t know if he can’t fly and shoot lasers out his eyes!!!

  • cranky lettuce
    cranky lettuce Il y a 5 mois

    No offence but I think he is a bit chubby lol... and honestly just look at the flow of his motion it’s just so much stiffer compare to young LBJ

  • Derrick James
    Derrick James Il y a 5 mois


  • justin boyer
    justin boyer Il y a 5 mois

    Lebron wasn’t this big not this big HE AINT THIS BIG NOW!😂😂😂💀💀

  • dustin barlow
    dustin barlow Il y a 5 mois

    Jesus Christ, Im getting tired of all the Zion nut hugging, we are talking about next year and zion, and yet Luka Doncic is quietly having the best rookie campaign in over a decade, taking a sorry ass mav team and competing in the west .

  • D Wadee3
    D Wadee3 Il y a 5 mois

    2 Words: Anthony Bennett

  • mangolt23
    mangolt23 Il y a 5 mois


  • Shod Kang
    Shod Kang Il y a 5 mois

    Most of the comments come from I'll informed haters shii that boi special he is straight muscle and God made him like that for his glory end of story

  • John Aguilar
    John Aguilar Il y a 5 mois

    God made this the king ganna be gone soon then the next king coming

  • Red Magic Premiere
    Red Magic Premiere Il y a 5 mois +1

    Zion Williamson WILL TRANSCEND ALL PLAYERS!!! - He Is Mount Zion In The Flesh - He Is The Mountain Of God - Wait & See - LeBron Is A Thing Of The Past!! You'll See - Prime LeBron James Will Lose To Freshman Zion Williamson #facts

  • Maureen Elam
    Maureen Elam Il y a 5 mois

    Zion needs to handle the ball better and shoot

  • Ian Eduard Amper
    Ian Eduard Amper Il y a 5 mois

    i like the reaction of stephen a smith. 😂😂

  • Tommy Davis
    Tommy Davis Il y a 5 mois

    Zion being compared to LeBron will be his downfall LeBron is a one time deal

  • Lee Michael McAleer
    Lee Michael McAleer Il y a 5 mois

    Seen him play live. 6"5 , 240, about a 40 inch vertical. Still a very impressive athlete.

  • Enraged Commenter
    Enraged Commenter Il y a 5 mois

    00:43 shame on whoever lined this man up, I could probably peel that entire layer of hair right off his head.

  • Brandon smith
    Brandon smith Il y a 5 mois

    Yall SHHLLUMPED on my mans cam reddish

  • Dirty Sanchez
    Dirty Sanchez Il y a 5 mois

    People were saying the same thing about Kwame Brown back in the day. Um how did that turn out?

  • Oliver Cooling
    Oliver Cooling Il y a 6 mois

    When Cleveland get that #1 pick, and ruin any chances of him becoming anything.

  • Krestain Watson Watson
    Krestain Watson Watson Il y a 6 mois

    280lbs of pure muscle. That’s crazy. He’s built like a fray train mixed with a brick house

  • omnivorous65
    omnivorous65 Il y a 6 mois

    No, of course not. LeBron James career is a complete anomaly defying probability. He is a unique blend of size, speed and basketball acumen... and he is extremely, extremely durable playing at a superhuman clip for probably 2 decades. He is likely to break Jabbar's scoring record that people thought unbreakable. The likelihood of that happen again or being superseded. Minute. Can't happen, won't happen. Not with Zion.

  • Tren Setter
    Tren Setter Il y a 6 mois +1

    RJ Barrett > Scottie Pippen
    Zion > Penny Hardaway
    Cam Reddish > Paul George
    Tre Jones > Chris Paul

  • Just Average
    Just Average Il y a 6 mois

    Well see, put him on an nba team where he cant physically dominate everyone like in division 1 basketball

  • KKV
    KKV Il y a 6 mois

    Stop comparing kids to adults in the NBA, how did comparing Lonzo to Curry and such go ? Stop putting pressure on young kids hungry for the game. It shakes them.

  • John Doe
    John Doe Il y a 6 mois

    Jordan need to give Zion a shoe deal before it's too late....

  • Justin Reyes
    Justin Reyes Il y a 6 mois

    Lebron is Lebron as Zion is Zion, man ESPN keep recycling topics.(Then again, its not like were not used to it by now)

  • Raiderfan916 74
    Raiderfan916 74 Il y a 6 mois

    Lebron is twice as fast as him. But apparently he’s a better athlete

  • Raiderfan916 74
    Raiderfan916 74 Il y a 6 mois

    This is blasphemous. Lbj is one of kind. This man Zion can barely shoot. Doesn’t pass it even close to lbj. And he’s no where near as fast as lbj. So can we plz stop

  • Rick Sanchez
    Rick Sanchez Il y a 6 mois


  • T3rminata T
    T3rminata T Il y a 6 mois

    WHAT THE FUCK at this question. ummm no

  • Donell Williams
    Donell Williams Il y a 6 mois

    come to Chicago

  • K. Marchals
    K. Marchals Il y a 6 mois

    and why stephen asinine says zion isn't the best player in duke? he contradict him self.

  • K. Marchals
    K. Marchals Il y a 6 mois

    yea 100% he's already better now comparing to LAbum at 18! better 3 point shooter on top of all!

  • SGTSayz
    SGTSayz Il y a 6 mois +1

    Daaaaamn Molly 👀

  • Arron Williams
    Arron Williams Il y a 6 mois

    Lebron and KD will be getting Old soon, They are prepping the Next Ones

  • Yung ShooterFlow
    Yung ShooterFlow Il y a 6 mois

    No, we not Nigga weigh more than LeBron. He have a game of a slashing power forward ain't no LeBron jeans he gonna have

  • V.O.N.
    V.O.N. Il y a 6 mois

    If this man develops a jump shot. Even just a mid range jumper, oh my dear God.

  • Tom Bystander
    Tom Bystander Il y a 6 mois

    Them two in the middle b fuckin

  • Dan Han
    Dan Han Il y a 6 mois

    Skip’s career part 2 after lebron retires: hating on Zion

  • CT Wild
    CT Wild Il y a 6 mois

    Zion is a different player than Lebron but if you ask me Zion will be way more dominant in the league than James.

  • Miguel Jorge Ortiz
    Miguel Jorge Ortiz Il y a 6 mois

    Zion got no chance with joel on the post so stop that nonsense

  • Jasmine Nelson
    Jasmine Nelson Il y a 6 mois

    In my honest opinion, i believe Zion Williamson will decline once competition rolls around.

  • Jimmie Rustler
    Jimmie Rustler Il y a 6 mois

    Nigga what? He's more athletic maybe but Lebron had handles and court vision and passing and speed.

  • MrBSHAW333
    MrBSHAW333 Il y a 6 mois

    No one takes care of their body like LeBron James ...so the answer is no

  • Isaiah Webb
    Isaiah Webb Il y a 6 mois

    He’s better then Rj Barrett

  • Anush Nandyala
    Anush Nandyala Il y a 6 mois


  • Aaron Haskell
    Aaron Haskell Il y a 6 mois

    Zion is the real deal...he has IQ athletic can pass and loves the game. Hes next up.

  • Rip Van
    Rip Van Il y a 6 mois

    If Zion is not the best player on his team, then why aren't you talking about the best player on the team? Why are you comparing Zion to Lebron (the new GOAT) and not comparing the best player on the team to Lebron or Steph or Michael or Durant, etc? Why is it that all of sports journalism is talking about Zion, the supposed 2nd or even 3rd best on the team, and not the best on the team?
    Answer: You bastards know and believe in your hearts that Zion is not only the best on Duke's team, but the best in college basketball. If you truly believe that Zion is not the best on the team, then ESPN should fire all of you for not bringing us hoards of info on THE BEST PLAYER ON DUKE's Team instead of the runner up!!

  • Rip Van
    Rip Van Il y a 6 mois

    How can you say he is not the best player on his team? What can the best player on the team do that Zion cannot do? Can the best player do what Zion does?

  • T.J.
    T.J. Il y a 6 mois

    Tank for Zion- Utah Jazz 2019 Draft... All In For The Tank

  • Darius Olfus
    Darius Olfus Il y a 6 mois

    I never seen anything like Zion I’ve been watching basketball for 25 years

  • lutak katul
    lutak katul Il y a 6 mois

    He will be the next nash

  • smooth az
    smooth az Il y a 6 mois

    This guy reminds me of Bennet. Just another fat kid

  • Brandon Atkinson
    Brandon Atkinson Il y a 6 mois

    Positionless basketball, small ball, every team shooting 3s the whole game damm Adam silver destroyed the NBA.

  • Brandon Atkinson
    Brandon Atkinson Il y a 6 mois

    He won't have a long career if he doesn't lose weight

  • Kevin Aditya
    Kevin Aditya Il y a 6 mois

    i can see zion going to team up with lebron or maybe go to the celtics damn both teams would be deadly......... warriors in 4

  • HeavyLobster43
    HeavyLobster43 Il y a 6 mois

    Zion is impressive, but no matter how great he is he won't be able to transcend Lebron's greatness the same way Lebron wasn't able to transcend Jordan's greatness. Both Lebron and Jordan will stand forever as legends no matter what players afterward accomplish.

  • Coach Jimmie Walker
    Coach Jimmie Walker Il y a 6 mois

    Barkley didn't win a championship because he ran into Jordan. Max, you can't but Blake in the same conversation with Barkley.

  • Quechyan Cummings
    Quechyan Cummings Il y a 6 mois

    I love the comparison and I think this guy can be compared to Lebron just because of his body build. All yall cry baby Lebron fans see how we feel when you try to compare Lebron James (Known for losing) to Michael Jordan (Known for winning).

  • Joshua Afolayan
    Joshua Afolayan Il y a 6 mois

    No all zion needs to do is shoot a little more consistently and he's gonna be nastier than he is now at duke 2020 ROTY/MVP/DPOY

  • Kelly loves baby dolls
    Kelly loves baby dolls Il y a 6 mois

    No he won't

  • VatoAlfred
    VatoAlfred Il y a 6 mois

    ESPN know damn well LeBron is at the end of his career, so they tryna commercialize a “New LeBron” over and over ..
    They said the same thing with Ben Simmons, that he was supposed to be next up

  • VatoAlfred
    VatoAlfred Il y a 6 mois

    Max implementing stretch fours can’t lead a team to a ring ?🤷🏻‍♂️🧐(1:40)
    Well last time I checked LeBron been to 8 finals !

    EL PLAGGA Il y a 6 mois

    stop Gassing Him up!!!!

  • Bernard L Wright
    Bernard L Wright Il y a 6 mois +1

    I have love for that brother Mr.Steven. A .Smith he just brings a smile for the day thank you.

  • Spencer Russell
    Spencer Russell Il y a 6 mois

    Good seeing Jalen being humble and giving Coach K his props

  • Alden Lim
    Alden Lim Il y a 6 mois

    Anthony bennet

  • Joe Lackey
    Joe Lackey Il y a 6 mois

    We can’t compare Zion and LeBron straight up, but we can ask who was better at 18 years old. And Zion might be better.

  • JADiaz10
    JADiaz10 Il y a 6 mois

    I’m trying to figure out why people think this dude Barret is better than him? Lmfao I guarantee he’s gonna be talked about and have way more success than Barret will

  • Andres Vera
    Andres Vera Il y a 6 mois

    Leave the kid alone people are comparing him it’s not like he’s comparing himself ... all you fucken queers saying how are they even comparing these guys man stfu I’ll give you a comparison to make , college player who can make free throws and nba player who can’t... take Lebrons dick out your mouth

  • Fredro Frazier
    Fredro Frazier Il y a 6 mois

    The BULLS need him

  • Retro The Goat
    Retro The Goat Il y a 6 mois

    But kid got good chance to get in the NBA

  • Retro The Goat
    Retro The Goat Il y a 6 mois

    This dude not in the NBA yet College and NBA two different you never know he might turn out like Lonzo a BUST