Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura wants to dunk on Lakers’ LeBron James
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is enjoying life at the moment; it’s Taco Tuesday and his team is 7-2 on the season. If he doesn’t look over his shoulder, though, he might get dunked on by Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura.
Who is a player you dream of dunking on in the NBA?
Oh, I don’t know. [Laughs.] Maybe LeBron [James]?
LeBron? Wow, you’re going right for the king.
Yeah, he’s the top. So, you know, why not?
The 21-year-old Gonzaga product was selected in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Wizards. A twitchy forward at 6-foot-8 out of Japan, Hachimura appears to be fully confident in his leaping abilities if he intends to slam over King James.
With the D.C. franchise in the Eastern Conference, Hachimura will likely only have two opportunities to dunk over the future Hall of Famer James: November 29th in Los Angeles and March 28th at home.
Hachimura is off to a fast start in his rookie campaign, averaging 13.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 28.5 minutes per game. He is also shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from behind the 3-point arc, and 87.5 percent from the free throw line.
Still, it’s no easy feat to dunk on James, with little footage existing. There is an urban legend that a college student dunked on the then-Cleveland Cavaliers star (during his first stint with the northeast Ohio team), with LeBron trying to suppress any documentation of the feat.
If Rui does it, though, it will survive forever.