Cole Swider recounts meeting LeBron James for the first time

Cole Swider recounts meeting LeBron James for the first time
Cole Swider recounts meeting LeBron James for the first time

The Los Angeles Lakers may not have had a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, but they still walked away with an intriguing group of rookies.

One name to watch is Cole Swider, Syracuse’s undrafted sniper. Swider looked like a legit sniper during the Summer League, and his outside shot could lead him to play for the parent team early.

Swider has already acclimated to the Hollywood lifestyle after starting a podcast with his college bandmate, and on the most recent episode of “The Cole Swider Show with Paddy Casey,” Swider recounted the first time he met LeBron James:

“The first time I met him was at Summer League and I yelled at Nick G and Cole like it was unreal because he and I were watching LeBron videos… That’s all just amazing because being a LeBron fan and then being picked up by the same team.

“But the first time I met him was actually at the Summer League. He came to our first Summer League game and then stayed in Vegas for a few days and practiced. So I kind of put my bags close to him for a bit and then he came over and slapped me. He was like, ‘What’s up, Cole?’ And when he said, “What’s up, Cole?” I was like, ‘Wow, this is unreal, he addressed me by my first name.’ It makes sense why he would do it, but to me it was just amazing. Just meeting him was great and just seeing him work every day has been amazing. Him, AD, Russ, they all have this business approach. They do the same thing every day, they come in, they do their job, they leave, and then they probably do other training. They probably have 70 other things with their kids, with their wives, with other commitments that they have to keep. This money is certainly well deserved.

Being James’ teammate came as a shock initially, but Swider is trying to keep his confidence high around him and the other stars on the roster:

“I wouldn’t say starstruck. I would say for me it’s more like, ‘Hey, you worked your whole life for this. Be yourself.’ If you’re not yourself, then they’ll see that. They will smell through the BS. The first day I walked in there, I said to LeBron and AD, ‘I’m going to give you guys some space. I will give you space on the ground, you can do what you can do. I think you just have to go in there with confidence, go in there with a mindset of just saying I’m not supposed to be here, so I’m just going to go out there and prove everyone wrong. That’s what I tried to do in the Summer League and that’s what I’ll try to do in the future.

For Swider, this is a unique opportunity to play with a living legend like James and it should be fun to see if the two share the floor together this season.

Lakers in talks with Jazz over Bojan Bogdanovic

While Swider can certainly shoot, the Lakers will likely prefer to rely on veterans. As for business goals, Los Angeles would remain committed to a deal with the Utah Jazz for Bojan Bogdanovic.

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. Cole Swider tells about meeting LeBron James for first time

. Cole Swider recounts meeting LeBron James time

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