Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr talks Lebron James, London and looking forward

Larry Nance Jr (Photo: Erik Drost)

Larry Nance Jr admits that he’d love to take to the court in London sometime in the future, as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers look to move on from Lebron’s departure from Ohio.

NBA London is a huge talking point here in the UK, given the recent sell-out – and with fans anticipating the arrival of John Wall, Bradley Beal and other players from the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks this winter.

Following a visit to the UK over the summer, Nance believes that he’d jump at the chance to play at the O2 Arena if the NBA were to invite him over – and also hinted that he’d make the trip if London ever hosted an All-Star game.

“I would love to play in the UK one day, I think that would be the coolest thing.” he said.

“With the way soccer is growing in the United States, I would love it if we could bring basketball over here and make it spread as much as soccer is where we’re from.”

“I think it would be an incredible opportunity to get to expand our game and show the world what we’re really about.”

“If there’s an All-Star game in London, just let me know the year before and I promise I’ll be there.”

The Cavaliers are undergoing a season of change following Lebron James’ departure – and Nance has been a beneficiary of that move, recently signing a new four-year $44m extension in Ohio.

Whilst admitting that losing Lebron will hurt the franchise, Nance was also excited at the new opportunity it has produced for players around the organisation to step up and surprise people this season, potentially with a play-off spot.

“So obviously this summer we lost LeBron. Obviously you never want to lose a player of that calibre but with that being said we’re all very excited for the opportunity it presents.”

“We get to step up and show the kind of players we are when given the chance to be that.

“I think all of us have been working extremely hard this summer, myself included.

The Cavs take on the Hawks this weekend

The Cavs take on the Hawks this weekend

“I plan on making the play-offs, I think it’s very realistic to snag that sixth, seventh or eighth seed in the play-offs and give someone a heck of a time in the first round and maybe even sneak into the second.”

Nance was raised in Ohio, the same state as Lebron, and whilst the King has departed Cleveland – the 25-year-old believes that the now-Lakers star will be the best to have played the game.

“There’s definitely a lot I learned from LeBron, getting to grow up in Akron, Ohio where he is from as well is surreal.

“Getting to play on his team is unbelievable. Some of my earliest memories of basketball are going to St. Vincent-St Mary where he played in high school basketball and watching some games there because there is this phenomenon growing up in Akron so why not go and see him – LeBron James is going to be the best ever.

“Then 20 years fast forward and I’m playing with him in the NBA finals against the Warriors is pretty incredible and that’s definitely an experience I relished and will never forget.”

“Anywhere LeBron goes he creates title chances. Obviously the Lakers are a huge contender and not just because of him.

“My friends are still out there so they’ve got a great young core with Kuzma, Ingram, Lonzo, Zubac, Josh Hart.

“From top to bottom they’ve got talent on their roster and obviously the West is a little bit tougher than the East this year but if anybody can do it I wouldn’t put it past him.”

UK NBA fans will get their chance to catch Larry Nance Jr and the Cleveland Cavaliers this Sunday as they take on the Atlanta Hawks in the first of 25 games to be broadcast on Sky Sports in primetime Sunday slots.

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You can catch a;l of these games over the course of this season on Sky

You can catch all of these games over the course of this season on Sky

‘NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K19’ on Sky Sports– part of a record 42 Primetime games live on Sky Sports starting from 8.30pm every weekend. This week on 21 October the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks on Sky Sports Arena from 11pm.

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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