The former Duke sensation earned comparisons with James due to their similarities in physicality, explosiveness and effectiveness.
And after the pair’s first NBA clash — in which James’ Los Angeles Lakers won 118-109 — the 17-year veteran heaped praise on the 19-year-old.
“But in today’s game, where it’s a track race, it’s fast paced, high tempo, it fits his game perfectly and the way that they play fits his game perfectly cause in the first eight seconds, they’re trying to score and score and score.
“But the kid is special, and they’ve got a good one in him.”
Approval from the King
Following a summer of hype and anticipation, fans were forced to wait for Williamson to make his NBA debut after a knee injury sustained in the last pre-season game required surgery.
The Lakers had played New Orleans twice already this season, winning both while Williamson recovered from surgery on October 21.
After being eased into action by head coach Alvin Gentry, the rookie has been on a tear of late.