Watch: Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter are in awe after meeting LeBron James at NBA season opener game between Lakers

The opening night of the NBA remains one of the most fascinating nights in the league. Most fans can typically meet their idol because a number of well-known people and celebrities from all over the world attend this night. The 2023–2024 opening night featured games between the reigning NBA champion and the LeBron James-led LA Lakers.

The spotlight on opening night was unexpectedly directed towards the exhilarating sport of football. Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter made waves as they crossed paths with none other than LeBron James, an undisputed titan of the NBA. This electrifying encounter took place during the highly anticipated opening-day matchup, further intensifying the already charged atmosphere. The sheer display of emotions on their faces is bound to captivate your attention.

Shedeur and Travis’ fan moment with NBA icon LeBron James

Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter of the Colorado Buffaloes had a memorable fan moment with NBA icon LeBron James during the season opener when the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Denver Nuggets. Despite the Lakers’ loss, LeBron took a moment to share some words of encouragement with the two young athletes. He expressed his love for them, creating an unforgettable experience for Sanders and Hunter.

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According to a tweet @ClutchPoints, their conversion follows this pattern, “I love y’all boys, man,” the four-time champion expressed his admiration. “You gotta send us a jersey,” replied Sanders. As James strolled away, Hunter’s excitement reached a pitch usually reserved for boy band concerts. “AHHHHHHHH!” he exclaimed, gripping his teammate in sheer disbelief.

Amid their exciting exchange with LeBron, Sanders even asked for a jersey from the basketball legend. This shows the cross-sport admiration and mutual respect between athletes at the top of their respective sports. The 20-year-old’s ecstatic response, which included a joyful shout, demonstrated their pure excitement at being in the presence of a generational athlete they had grown up watching.

Lakers lose to Nuggets in NBA season opener

The Lakers lost to the Nuggets in the NBA season opener and it is just like a position all too similar to the previous season. The Nuggets secured a 119-107 victory. The game initially promised a high-scoring showdown as both teams emerged from their summer breaks in fiery form. However, a pivotal 9-0 run by Denver tilted the scales against the Lakers, putting them in an uphill battle for the rest of the game. Although the Lakers managed a 6-point rally to close the first half, reducing the deficit to 63-54, the Nuggets continued to counter their efforts

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The Lakers’ difficulties persisted into the third quarter, evoking memories of their previous campaigns as the Nuggets thwarted every attempt at a rally. The Nuggets extended their lead to 18 points, and although the Lakers tried to rally, the Nuggets consistently thwarted their efforts.

Nikola Jokic had a triple-double with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. LeBron James led the Lakers with 21 points. Despite a late surge, the Lakers couldn’t close the gap beyond seven points. Taurean Prince had an impressive debut with 18 points. The Lakers now face a daunting challenge against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, hoping to avoid a repeat of their 0-2 start from the previous year.

Shariare Hasib

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Shariare Hasib is an NBA Editor at SportsKnot. With a master's degree in journalism from a prestigious university, Shariare started writing about the sport during his undergraduate years. Since then, he has been fascinated by LeBron James' lasting impact as well as Stephen Curry's incredible consistency. He specializes in live basketball coverage. Apart from reporting on trade speculations and match updates during off-season activities, Shariare frequently interacts with fan communities to stay abreast of the constantly evolving NBA scene.


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