LeBron James faces his son's former high-school teammate in Lakers-Grizzlies game

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It was a bit of a shock for LeBron James when rookie guard Ziaire Williams took the floor for Memphis, since he had been a high-school teammate of LeBron's son just over a year ago.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- LeBron James is only 36 years old but he got a bit of a reality-check about what that means for an athlete during Sunday's Lakers game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

About seven minutes into the first quarter, the Grizzlies sent rookie guard Ziaire Williams onto the floor.

Williams, now 20, was a high-school teammate of LeBron's son Bronny at Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth in 2019-2020.

It was only about 18 months ago that LeBron was cheering on Ziaire and Bronny as they led the school to the division title.

Williams went on to play for Stanford for a single season and was drafted to the NBA earlier this year. Now he's playing on the same floor against his former teammate's father, who happens to be one of the best players in the world.

"I looked at Ziaire a couple times and I was just shaking my head inside," James said after Sunday's game. "Just remembering a year and a half ago, not even a full two years he was hitting the game-winner to send them to the state championship alongside my son."

"It's a weird dynamic for myself to see something like that. But happy for the kid obviously."

"But definitely I had a moment for sure."

It may only be a few years before LeBron has an even bigger moment.

Bronny, now 17, is considered one of the top high-school prospects in the country. It could be only a few years before he, too, enters the NBA draft and perhaps gets a chance to take the floor against, or with, his dad.