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The Los Angeles Lakers veteran big man Tristan Thompson said he refrained from lobbying LeBron James or the Lakers’ key decision-makers for a spot on the team.

“Me and LeBron have our own personal relationship for years – for over a decade,” Thompson said. “So we’d always get together and grab dinner. But it was always just, he’s my brother before anything else. He’s my brother before basketball. So I just always told him, ‘I’m gonna stay ready. And if the opportunity comes, I’m ready to go.’”