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Zach LaVine's injury provides an opportunity to evaluate Rawle Alkins

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Zach LaVine's injury provides an opportunity to evaluate Rawle Alkins

According to sources of Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic, the Bulls have called up Rawle Alkins in the wake of the Zach LaVine injury news. 

However, the 21-year old wing will not play with the Bulls tonight in San Antonio.

Alkins is a 6-foot 5 wing player who plays with tenacity and energy on the defensive end. In 18 NBA G League games Alkins has averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. 

The main weakness in Alkins game was his inconsistent perimeter shooting, which has looked good so far with the Windy City Bulls. He is shooting 38 percent on 4.5 attempts from 3-point range per game, though he is struggling mightily from the free throw line. 

It will be interesting to see how Jim Boylen deploys Alkins in lineups—assuming he gets solid playing time in LaVine's absence—because a Alkins-Shaq Harrison-Kris Dunn pairing could provide a very big dose of switchability and defensive pressure for a team that has been quietly been 17th in the league in defensive rating since Boylen took over. 

LeBron James says meeting Michael Jordan for the first time was "godly"

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LeBron James says meeting Michael Jordan for the first time was "godly"

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are often-pitted against one another in basketball debates, with fans arguing which player truly is the greatest of all-time. 

Like Jordan before him, James has had a brilliant career and is considered by many as the best player since Jordan. But despite his own success, James said meeting Jordan for the first-time in June 2001 was "godly" for his 16-year-old self.

"It was godly," James said in a recent interview with ESPN. "I've said that over and over before, but it was like meeting God for the first time. That's what I felt like as a 16-year-old kid when I met MJ.

"MJ made the game global." "He made the game global. He made people all over the world want to watch the game of basketball because of his marketability, because of the way he played the game of basketball, because of who he was.

"He kind of transcended that era."

Jordan was 38 in June 2001 and technically retired, though he ultimately unretired for the second time. He joined the Wizards that fall, playing for Washington for two seasons, from 2001-03. Ironically, Jordan retired for the final time after the 2002-03 season, with James making his NBA debut that fall, in October 2003 with the Cavaliers.

At the end of the day, it's nice to know James had the same reaction that most fans would have if they got the chance to meet Jordan. 

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