There has been plenty of attention on LeBron James in the past couple of weeks despite the NBA being shut down. The Michael Jordan documentary has created plenty of discussions about who is the greatest player of all time.
“The Last Dance” has created many conversations around the basketball world to who has been more successful. The documentary has led many fans to reflect on how dominant Jordan was as a player.
But LeBron is a dominant force in basketball. He has the athleticism to compete with many athletes in other sports. It has been said that he was contemplating competing in the NFL at one time.
The NBA was in the midst of a lockout in 2011. There were no predictions of how long this might last. But at the time, there was no foresight of LeBron preparing for the NFL.
“I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be, and myself and my trainer. We really started to actually train to be a football player,” James said on “Uninterrupted” Monday night. “We started to clock our time in the 40; we started to add a little bit more to our bench presses and things of that nature.”
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LeBron has always been a vocal Dallas Cowboys supporter. A business partner of Jerry Jones has said that there is a Lebron contract framed on his wall.
“Never having the ability to finish my high school career of playing like my senior year, I have dreams all the time about playing football,” James said. “It’s crazy because I actually never run on the field in my dreams. It always gets to the point where I’m either in the locker room or getting dressed or talking about it or seeing the fans.”
Who knows whether LeBron could’ve been as successful on the football field as he is on the basketball court. But it’s hard not to think that he has the body for it. He makes himself noticed at 6-9, 250 pounds on the basketball court.
Coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers believes that he could have been one of the greatest football players of all time.
James had 57 receptions for 1,160 yards and 16 touchdowns in his junior season as a wide receiver, his last year playing football. Once he suffered a wrist injury, he sat out his senior season with a basketball career ahead of him.
He might have missed out on a successful football career with the Cowboys, but he has had plenty of success in the NBA. The latest documentary has brought up many of his lifetime accomplishments, even if they fall short of Jordan.
It’s hard to say what could’ve happened if the 2011 lockout lasted longer than it did. Maybe LeBron could’ve been featured in the same conversation as Bo Jackson. But for now, he will remain to be considered as one of the best to ever play the game of basketball. Maybe only second to the greatest of all-time in Jordan.