Lakers’ LeBron James reacts to Marques Johnson’s jersey retirement by Bucks
On Sunday, the Milwaukee Bucks honored former five-time All-Star Marques Johnson by retiring his No. 8 jersey in the rafters.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was one of the first to react to the momentous event, as the three-time NBA champion took to Twitter to congratulate Johnson for his remarkable achievement:
Congrats @olskool888 on getting that jersey lifted to the rafters today! One of the 1st Point/Forwards in our game. Super dope game! Well deserved 🙏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 24, 2019
LeBron sure knows his history, as Johnson is not exactly a household name, especially for casual NBA fans. However, Johnson is widely considered as a trail blazer in the sport, and is credited by many as revolutionizing the point forward position.
Johnson was the third overall pick in the 1977 NBA Draft, with the Bucks going all in on the former UCLA standout. The 6-foot-7 wing finished his career a three-time All-NBA team member with averages of 20.1 points (on 51.8 percent shooting), 7.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 11 seasons in the NBA. He would play his first seven seasons in Milwaukee, and this was where he would achieve four out of his five All-Star nods.
As for LeBron James, his struggling Lakers side came away with a victory against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, 111-106. LeBron put together another spectacular showing, notching a 29-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple-double, along with three 3-pointers, two steals, and a block.
Kyle Kuzma (29 points, six rebounds), JaVale McGee (17 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (16 points, four 3-pointers, seven rebounds) all played well, as the Lakers logged only their second win in 12 March contests.