That’s what LeBron James showed Zion Williamson as he dropped a season-high 40 points and helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a resounding 118-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Staples Center on Wednesday (AEDT).

James vs. Williamson was sold as the present vs. the future, and while the New Orleans rookie was again impressive with 29 points, it was the 35-year-old star on the other team who showed how far he still has to go.

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In the 56th game of the regular season, James, in his 17th year, could have been forgiven for just going through the motions. But he wasn’t going to do that after a week’s worth of promotion pitting him, a four-time MVP and three-time NBA champion, against a rookie, who has played just 13 games.

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