The 20-year-old Kings guard found himself playing King James in an NBA game for the first time and — as the video and poster shot will attest — it didn't take long for LeBron to say hello to the rookie in a royal way.
With the Heat leading the visiting Kings 21-19 with 4:48 remaining in the first quarter, James blew by his defender on the wing and came roaring toward the rim. McLemore set his feet and attempted to take a charge. The four-time NBA MVP rose up and over McLemore and threw down an emphatic, right-handed slam dunk.
“It sucks that it was him, too, because I like him," James said after Miami's 122-103 win, via The Palm Beach Post. "I’ve been talking to him since he was in high school. So it sucks.”
Asked about the dunk, McLemore explained what he was trying to do defensively on the play. He also suggested that officials would be unlikely to whistle James for a charge in that situation.
“Just knowing LeBron, I knew they weren’t going to call that call (a charge on James),” McLemore said of the play, via the Sacramento Bee. “I was just playing my defensive principles. Going in, being the low man and taking the charge.”
And LeBron felt bad.