When a king praises someone you tend to stand up and take notice. In the ancient world that praise usually would come with the individual being knighted but in today’s day and age it comes along with a tweet and a cell phone picture.

Case in point, when King James decides to praise on one of the newest members of the Suns, Eric Bledsoe, he turns to his legions of followers, on social media, to spread the message.

We’re listening, LeBron, and we hope you are completely correct in your talent evaluation. The fact that you agree with General Manager Ryan McDonough’s assessment means there is safety in numbers. That, and your praise makes it clear that Bledsoe’s nickname “Mini LeBron” has your stamp of approval.

Maybe it is history repeating itself. Two decades ago the Suns acquired a player who wore red and blue for his first team and happened to be friends with the best player in the game. He turned out to be pretty good in Phoenix. We’ll have to wait and see what Bledsoe does, but he does have the approval of the King. That has to mean something.

About Greg Esposito

Hi, my name is Greg Esposito, my friends call me Espo and I’m a Phoenix Suns-aholic. I also happen to be the team's Social Media Specialist as well as one of the online content creators. You'll find my sarcastic musings here on Blog.Suns.com as the Suns Retorter.

  • Shawn Bronald

    You’re trying to make a veiled comparison between Barkley and Bledsoe? Okay….

    Anyway, that’s a tough one but Suns fans can hope there’s some semblance of reality to that comparison.

  • Dirka Dirka

    Espo loves to draw comparisons to the Suns of yesteryear. Living in the past helps us Suns fans forget we live in the present.

  • Greg Esposito

    The only reason any of us are fans is because of our past and the connection we initially made with the team. We continue to follow because of when we fell in love with the team. I happened to have that happen during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Helps people connect the past with the present. Thanks for reading.

  • Dirka Dirka

    Or you’re just trying to distract from an underachieving basketball team who signs your checks.

    Trying to somehow connect the dots to Jordan/Barkley (he wore red and blue?) is a bridge too far. Even the people who say “Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy! Kennedy had one named Lincoln!” think this is utter nonsense.

  • Christian Nunez

    Mini lebron? I sure hope not. I recall the used to refer to Harold minor as baby Jordan and look how that fizzled out

  • WilkesG

    I think it makes more sense to compare him to when we traded for KJ. Stuck behind a great pg (Mark Price/Chris Paul) we traded for him, let him start with another guy who played pg for us previously (Hornacek/Dragic) and they flourished as a backcourt, leading us to the playoffs after missing the years before.