Derrick Jones Jr. thinks ‘great actor’ LeBron James was annoyed by his defense
Portland Trail Blazers swingman Derrick Jones Jr. recorded three blocks on Monday against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers. Two of his swats came at the expense of LeBron James, who he called a “great actor.”
After the Trail Blazers’ 115-107 win over the Lakers, Jones had some interesting comments on LeBron. For Jones, his shot-blocking ability annoyed the hell out of the four-time MVP.
"I guess he's a great actor. He don't show it. He play the world." — Derrick Jones Jr. on whether LeBron was annoyed with his defense tonight.
— Derrick Jones Jr. Ministry Of Truth (@blazerbanter) December 29, 2020
The King thought he’ll have an easy bucket after clearing Enes Kanter out. But out of nowhere, Jones met him at the rim and swatted his shot emphatically, smashing it on the backboard.
Derrick Jones Jr. denies LeBron James at the rim! 🖐🏽🚫pic.twitter.com/FYd9zynxq6
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 29, 2020
It wasn’t the only play where the reigning NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion met LeBron at the top. In another sequence, LBJ got fouled on the floor but Jones denied the and-one opportunity.
LeBron got fouled but look at how high Derrick Jones Jr jumped ✈️ pic.twitter.com/Tv0u9dmiGT
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 29, 2020
Jones, who is promptly nicknamed Airplane Mode for his high-flying acts, only finished with five points and two rebounds in close to 37 minutes of action, but he sure made his presence felt on the defensive end.
His two big blocks on LeBron definitely boosted the 23-year-old’s confidence. The undrafted prospect has played for three teams in his four-year NBA career. Prior to being acquired by Rip City in the offseason, he helped the Miami Heat reach the NBA Finals, where he also met LeBron and the Lakers.
After that, he signed a two-year, $18.9 million deal with the Trail Blazers. The team tagged Derrick Jones’ rebounding, athleticism, and versatility as his main assets and he has instantly found a starting role, even going ahead of Carmelo Anthony in the depth chart.