New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is becoming quite the baller, so much so that he is offering one-sided jersey swaps. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson further cemented himself as a rising NBA superstar by going toe-to-toe with LeBron James on Sunday night, and JaVale McGee appreciated the performance so much that he wanted a souvenir from it. Williamson was happy to oblige, though it was a bit awkward that he didn’t ask for anything in return.

McGee, an 11-year NBA veteran, approached Williamson after the game to ask the rookie for his jersey. Players typically swap jerseys in situations like that, but Zion apparently didn’t need a souvenir from McGee.

Williamson obviously meant no disrespect to McGee, and it’s possible the 19-year-old just didn’t think to ask for McGee’s jersey. Of course, fans love ripping on McGee for some of the blunders he has made in the past, so plenty of people got a kick out of Williamson not bothering with the jersey swap.

Williamson had 35 points compared to LeBron’s 34, but the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 122-114. LeBron and Zion seemed to feed off one another, and LeBron showed the former Duke star some love after the game.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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24.3 / SA / 89-90 / #50
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23.7 / SDC / 82-83 / #34
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Ron Harper
22.5 / LAC / 10-11 / #32
Blake Griffin
22.0 / GSW / 88-89 / #23
Mitch Richmond
21.9 / MIL / 94-95 / #13
Glenn Robinson
21.7 / NYK / 79-80 / #25
Bill Cartwright
21.6 / DET / 81-82 / #7
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Jay Vincent
21.3 / BOS / 79-80 / #33
Larry Bird
21.2 / DAL / 18-19 / #77
Luka Dončić
21.1 / SA / 97-98 / #21
Tim Duncan
21.0 / DEN / 03-04 / #15
Carmelo Anthony
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Alonzo Mourning
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Ralph Sampson
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Hakeem Olajuwon
20.5 / UTAH / 17-18 / #45
Donovan Mitchell
20.3 / SEA / 07-08 / #35
Kevin Durant
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