LeBron James pays ultimate respect to Christian Wood’s star status
By now, it should be crystal clear that Christian Wood’s ceiling is as high as it goes. The Houston Rockets’ new starting center has been a revelation and one of the more promising things to come out of Houston so far amid a tumultuous season. The undrafted 25-year old is making a name for himself as an elite big in the league and none other than LeBron James is taking notice.
On Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, The King told his teammate Marc Gasol how dangerous Wood is o the boards.
“Hold him. Hold his a*s. That guy is trouble.” James told Gasol as he lined up for a free throw (via WorldWideWob on Twitter).
“ok ok….hold him. hold his ass…[that] guy is trouble, hold him down.”
love this. LeBron knows how good Christian Wood has gotten. pic.twitter.com/4T3idlIjxt
— Talen Wobton-Tucker (@WorldWideWob) January 11, 2021
The young Wood would probably want to play this clip over and over again. It’s not every day that you get such a huge compliment from one of the GOATs.
Wood’s ride in the NBA so far has been up-and-down, to say the least. He initially joined the Rockets in 2015 after going undrafted in that year’s draft but ultimately went to the Philadelphia 76ers where he played just 17 games. After four teams and a couple of two-ways with the G-League, Wood finally broke out last season as a reserve center for the Detroit Pistons. And, once Wood got his starting nod, the whole world got a glimpse of how good he can be.
Desperately needing a young, athletic big, the Rockets acquired Wood on a sign-and-trade deal which included a huge three-year $41 million contract. So far, the Rockets betting on Wood has paid off in a huge way with his monster start to the 2020-21 season. In his first six games in Clutch City, Wood has posted staggering numbers of 23.3 points per game, 10.8 rebounds, and 2 blocks per contest.
To borrow LeBron’s words – Christian Wood is trouble and the league should watch out.
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