Unless you’ve been living under the rock, then you’ve heard about the preseason hype on Talen Horton-Tucker.
Horton-Tucker dropped 33 points on the Clippers, shooting 11-of-17 from the floor. That came after Horton-Tucker’s opening night performance of 19 points (on 6-of-17 shooting).
He has LeBron James standing up off the bench to cheer him on, and shouting him out on Twitter.
We shall see how long that lasts after social media uncovered an old tweet of Tucker making light of the long standing rumor of Delonte West sleeping with Lebron’s mom.
James spoke highly of Horton-Tucker on Tuesday’s Zoom call:
“First of all, obviously the basketball we can see what he’s capable of doing,” James said. “For him to be 20 years old, he hasn’t even scratched the surface yet of what he’s going to be, but the kid can flat out play.
“I saw it about three and a half, four years ago. I was watching a high school basketball game and I happened to catch Simeon [Career Academy High School] playing, and I told our agent at the time, it’s now Talen’s agent, Rich Paul, told my agent I said, ‘You need to take a look at this kid Talen Horton-Tucker that’s at Simeon, the kid is super talented.’ This was like four years ago.
“Long story short, I mean obviously you see what he’s doing now, and he’s going to continue to get better and better and better as the days go on. He gets an opportunity to practice against us and veterans and things of that nature.
“He’s going to continue to improve and he’s going to do some really good things in this league for a long time.”