Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors Rookie OG Anunoby Earns Kudos from Cavaliers Star LeBron James

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors Rookie OG Anunoby Earns Kudos from Cavaliers Star LeBron James

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Anunoby earns kudos from LeBron James

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CLEVELAND - LeBron James spent four games up-close and personal with OG Anunoby and came away impressed with the Raptors rookie.

"I think he has a bright future. His future is now, actually," the Cavaliers star said after dispatching Toronto in a 128-93 blowout to cap a four game sweep in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

"You look at the rookie class from this year, it's probably the best since 2003," he added, breaking himself and the assembled reporters up.

James was the first player taken in the 2003 draft. The top five that year also included Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

Anunoby's draft credentials were more modest. The Indiana University product tore his anterior cruciate ligament in early 2017, dropping to 23rd in the draft perhaps as a result.

But he has shown he belongs. And the rookie from England was a bright spot in the Raptors' disappointing loss to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

The 20-year-old was given the assignment of guarding James, with Pascal Siakam his understudy. James got plenty of points but the six-foot-eight Anunoby didn't make it easy.

The London-born forward stuck to James like glue, no matter where he was on the floor. The image of Anunoby in the series is a man crouched in front of James, with an arm extended, his eyes locked on the task at hand. …

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