By the way, LeBron is good

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In the first of roughly a trillion records that will someday belong to LeBron James, Friday night he became the youngest player to reach 15,000 points in his career.

His new mark knocks Kobe Bryant out of the top spot by nearly two years (James is 25 years, 79 days). LeBron came into the league more NBA ready than Kobe, who was somewhat of a scrawny kid trying to shoot his way into playing time on a team filled with veterans. LeBron was beastly strong from day one, could get to the rim and came on to a pretty bad team where he was the instant leader and asked to score. And he did. A lot. He’s very good, in case you hadn’t noticed.

This is a record that may never be broken — LeBron came to the NBA right out of high school, something nobody can do anymore. Players have to spend a year in college now before they can be drafted, because we all care deeply about their education. It’s not about the owners trying to save themselves from themselves because they kept drafting and overpaying some high school kids who were not ready for the jump, setting their franchises back. That’s not it at all. It’s never about the money. It’s about the education.

Bottom line — LeBron is very, very good. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.