LeBron James called Ben Simmons a 'Young King'

James has long been a fan of Simmons since the latter was in high school, and continues to be so - even welcoming the comparisons in their games.

Kahron Spearman

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James continues his open praise for Philadelphia 76ers rookie/near-doppelganger Ben Simmons after the Sixers' 108-97 win over the still-forming Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night.

Simmons, who's regularly compared to James, finished the game with a King-like 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

James had more to say on his Instagram.

I told yall a while back that my young King was next in line! Getting better and better every night out! Tonight another example of that. Fun to watch and compete against you again and #TheProcess @joelembiid. Remember lil bro settle for nothing less than GREATNESS!!! @bensimmons

LeBron James
Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

The King had already said after the game that Simmons brough similar qualities, including "power, speed, quickness, size, court awareness."

James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists, in another dominant performance, as Cleveland continues to work in new players and await Kevin Love's return.

Sixers big man Joel Embiid seemed to be lobbying for James to sign with the Sixers in one post - but then said, "It's not what y'all think" on another