Deni Avdija is 'not afraid of anybody,' including LeBron James
Deni Avdija is "not afraid of anyone," including LeBron, who originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Whether against LeBron James or any of his teammates in practice, Deni Avdija has no plans to retire from a challenge on the pitch.
The Wizards rookie wing played their first game against James, a player who won MVP awards, on Monday night when Avdija was only eight years old. Even so, Avdija rose during the difficult period of a close game, forcing the best player in the world to make several key stops.
"I'm not afraid of anyone, so I'll take on the challenge every time," said Avdija after the game. "For me, the player I'm guarding, I take it seriously. I just got promoted, accepted the challenge and played my defense. I think he had a tough time so that's good."
Avdija's defense and tenacity on the wing have been the main reasons behind the amount of play he has received from head coach Scott Brooks. His playmaking talents and improved shot from his time at Maccabi Tel Aviv put him in 9th overall, but his willingness to scratch and scrape on the defensive end brings him to the ground in big moments.
"I thought Deni came out and fought in the first half," said Brooks. "I don't know if it's the first time it's against the Lakers, the first time against LeBron, but I thought in the second half he bounced back, he came up, he challenged, he got ricochets, he got some shots submitted. " ""
However, the NBA is not slowing down, and after the wizards' best win of the year, they have to turn around and play on Tuesday evening in the second night of a duel against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. The Clippers have an explosive offense led by two of the game's best wings. So Washington will likely need more of Avdija on the defensive if they want to expand their winning streak to six games.
Tune in to NBC Sports Washington at 9 p.m. on Tuesday for full coverage of the Wizards' next game against the Los Angeles Clippers
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