Eric Bledsoe has become the focus of some national media outlets ever since last week’s game against the Miami Heat. The Clippers backup point guard seems to be on the cusp of making the leap from top-flight backup to legitimate starter with his penchant for making plays with breathtaking athleticism (see: block on Dwyane Wade). Whenever Bledsoe checks in for the first time to spell either Chris Paul or Willie Green, there is an audible buzz that starts to form at Staples Center as fans wonder what he is going to do next. It’s no wonder Clippers teammate Jamal Crawford has taken to calling Bledsoe “Mini-LeBron.”
The nickname is more than just a witty tribute; even the actual LeBron has started calling Bledsoe “Mini-LeBron,” and as some NBA diehards are quick to point out, James and Bledsoe are actually close friends who share the same agent. So it’s not a total surprise that Bledsoe is one of the few players in the league who have rocked the Nike LeBron 10 on the court this season. During last night’s victory against the San Antonio Spurs, Bledsoe wore the “Pressure” colorway of the LeBron 10 and was instrumental in keeping the Spurs at bay in the fourth quarter along with Paul.
And so the Clippers stand with the best record in the Western Conference at the moment tied with the Memphis Grizzlies, a team they beat soundly in their season opener. What could possibly go wrong? Well, besides the fact that Bledsoe is up for an extension after this season and could grow tired of being the backup to Paul, there is nothing to worry about at all.
Check out the LeBron 10s on Bledsoe and Ty Lawson, Lamar Odom breaking out another Air Jordan 9 colorway, Monta Ellis showing off his fascination for the Air Jordan 19, Louis Williams rocking a special Nike Zoom Soldier 6 colorway that was meant for the Ohio State
LuckBuckeyes and much more.
Photos courtesy of D. Clarke Evans, Glenn James, Joe Murphy, Scott Cunningham, Kevin C. Cox and Kent Smith of Getty Images/NBA Entertainment along with Kin Man Hui of the San Antonio Express-News.