Can you imagine LeBron James on the Cowboys? He can

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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said recently that if LeBron James had played football he would have been better than Tom Brady, better than Jerry Rice, better than Jim Brown, Tony Gonzalez, Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders or Dick Butkus. All of them. Any of them.

“I really believe if LeBron James had to play football he may have been the greatest football player ever at whatever position,” Rivers said on his son Austin Rivers’ podcast. “Can you imagine LeBron James with a helmet on? That’s dangerous.”

James, in fact, said he began training for football during the 2011 NBA lockout, perhaps to become another basketball player turned tight end.

“I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be,” James said on WRTS: After Party, via “Myself and my trainer, Mike Mancias, we really started to actually train to be a football player when it came to October or November. We started to clock our time in the 40. We started to add a little bit more in our bench presses. We started to add a little bit more sled in our workouts.”

Mancias kept telling James “how great it would be” to play for the Cowboys, James’ favorite team.

“The thoughts came into my mind,” James said. “The thoughts came into my mind. But 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. 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. As soon as I am about to run onto the field, something else happens in my dream. Something always happens like that.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sent James a contract, which James now has framed in his office.

24 responses to “Can you imagine LeBron James on the Cowboys? He can

  1. Nobody is born to play skill positions at the NFL level. There’s no substitute for experience, not even with his gifts.

  2. He wouldn’t be any better at football than Rico Gatherers was. It takes more than athletic ability. You gotta know how to play the game. It’s very nuanced.

  3. Probably not QB or DB, but he would have been a BEAST at linebacker, running back, receiver, or tight end. Or, Rugby!!

  4. Lol. The player who complains about being hammered when he isn’t touched and is completely soft to physical play is somehow going to play football?

    He wouldn’t of survived one series against the Bad Boy Pistons and had a heart attack if he had to play in the 80’s or 90’s in the NBA. You know when they actually allowed defense, hand checking, and had actual big men.

    I don’t question the physical talent, I question his heart and mindset to endure it, because he sure hasn’t shown it in the NBA.


  5. has Doc ever taken a hit from a 6’3 260 LB running a 4.7 40? its just plain silly to listen to people who never played FB on at least the CFB level speculate how LBJ would do. whole different world from the NBA.

  6. Ponto60 says:
    May 18, 2020 at 11:18 pm
    Wish that blowhard would just go away, nobody would care.

    Why not, he would fit right in with all the other blowhard’s (Jerry & Homer fan base) on the Cowboys.

  7. He did not love football like he loved basketball when it was decision time. Two distinctly different sports and degrees of physical toughness required. I am sure getting spoiled as a young Hoops player had an affect on his decision to stick to the hardwood where you last longer and make tons more money.

  8. yeah – I can picture him getting tackled for the first time and immediately jump up start flapping his arms and gums and complaining to the nearest official.

  9. LeBron is a clown when it comes to fandom. Is there any question as to why he picks and chooses his teams as a front runner? Dude is a Yankees fan. And a Cowboys fan. From Akron OH. Um, okay… Sure, he pretended to be an Indians fan one year when they actually made the post season, but we know the truth.

    And nobody loves LeBron as much as LeBron loves LeBron. Doesnt matter what is happening in the world, LBJ gonna make sure to make himself a part of it. It isnt even by choice either. He isnt making a decision to consciously take over, its like a mental illness. It is ingrained in his mental make up. From age 8 until now, EVERYTHING in the world revolved around LeBron, so thats just the way he lives his life. That is what normal looks like for LBJ. And for the rest of us, its exhausting. Great player. Hes no Jordan, and hes no Kobe, but he is good at what he does.

  10. There once was a guy named Bo Jackson, also touted as the best, although he probably was. Look what happened to him.

    Doc Rivers is an idiot.

  11. ““I really believe if LeBron James had to play football he may have been the greatest football player ever at whatever position,” ”

    Any position he wanted? Kicker? Running back? QB? Cornerback? It’s insulting to the guys who devote their lives to the sport to just say he could pick any position he wanted and be the greatest ever at it.

  12. Well, LeBrick James would have to play on offense. He’s never played defense in the NBA – he watches players go to the basket over 60% of the time he could react and does nothing. That is a fact. He’s one overrated clown. A definite one-way player. Him first and then maybe he’ll find a teammate to pad his assist stats.

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