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by Carson Love | September 12, 2020

LeBron James didn’t play in the Lakers’ preseason opener Friday night, but he did tweet an early review from the film session.

“Telling you right now! This kid is flat out SPECIAL!” James tweeted. “Mark my words.”

He’d just gotten done watching his 20-year-old teammate Talen Horton-Tucker put the kind of all-around touches on the game that have had Lakers insiders raving for the last four months. The passing, the shot-making, the slashing — it was all on display in the Lakers’ 87-81 win over the Clippers in their first game in Staples Center since March 11.

“That boy @Thortontucker is goin to be special,” Lakers veteran Jared Dudley tweeted after the win.

Horton-Tucker found himself in the starting lineup with James, Anthony DavisMarc Gasol and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all sitting out as healthy scratches. Building off his lone start as a rookie, which came in the NBA bubble against the Sacramento Kings, Horton-Tucker scored 19 points to go with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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