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LeBron James Gives High Praise to Spurs Organization

Jun 22, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates during the NBA championship parade in downtown Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates during the NBA championship parade in downtown Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Coming off of a season where he led the city of Cleveland to their first championship of any kind in over 52 years, LeBron James gave the highest of praises to the San Antonio Spurs.

Thursday night marked the NBA Draft, where dreams of playing in the NBA could either come true or come to a crash. It was starting to become that feeling for former Washington Huskie Dejounte Murray before being selected No. 29 to San Antonio.

“You’re going to one of the best organizations in the world”. – LeBron James to Murray

After hearing his name called, getting congratulations from family and friends, Murray still did not seem phased by how far he fell in the draft. He kept his head up and for being just 19-years old, a sense of maturity came out in him as he was asked about sitting for 3 1/2 hours before the time came when he was able to shake Commissioner Adam Silver’s hand.

“I had to sit a long time, but I didn’t pout. I didn’t try to show anything negative, tried to stay positive, and I feel like I am going to the best organization in the NBA”.

He is exactly right. You can’t help but be impressed by someone who was patiently waiting, and knowing that the time would come. As he stated, he is going to the best organization in the NBA. After everything settled, Murray got a phone call from James and reiterated what Murray already knows about San Antonio.“You’re going to one of the best organizations in the world.”

Usually you tend to zone out what James has to say most of the time, but it is not the first instance that we have heard from him praising not only the organization, but head coach Gregg Popovich.

He stated before the All-Star game this past season that he wishes he could be around Popovich every single day.

“I believe he is one of the great basketball minds that we’ve ever had in this game,” James said of Popovich, the Spurs coach who will direct the West against James’ East squad Sunday night in the 65th NBA All-Star Game here.

“I wish I could be around him every day so I could just pick his brain, what he does, what he thinks.

“I can’t be there on a day-to-day basis. I wish I could.”

Next: Getting to Know Spurs Draft Pick Dejounte Murray

All eyes will be on Murray once he steps foot on the floor for San Antonio. He has the length and the athleticism that the Spurs need. Though there are areas he needs to improve on, like many players in the draft, being with the ‘best organization in the NBA’ does have its advantages.

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