Golden State Warriors rookie Jordan Bell was welcomed to reality of the NBA when having to defend LeBron James in a pickup game. Bell took a playful shot at James on draft night when getting selected by the Warriors.
“We had an open gym in LA, at UCLA, and I was guarding him the whole time. It’s different than what you see on TV. It’s waaaay different.
It’s crazy how big he is, how quick he is for his size and how smart he is. He was standing straight up, and I’m thinking he can’t go by me if he’s standing straight up. I’m in a good defensive stance. He’s not crouching.
But there he goes. I’m not going to say he got by me, but I didn’t realize he was so quick. For him to be standing straight up, there’s no way he should be able to move that fast. I’d understand that quickness if he got lower, but I’ve never seen anybody so quick while standing straight up.”
Defending LeBron for the first time is probably the most harsh welcome to the NBA possible for any rookie.