LeBron James is a great basketball player in every way. His fandom for other sports is a bit … peculiar.
He’s not the only person to randomly root for popular teams he has no connection to (in an unscientific poll, I calculate that 88 percent of “diehard” Chicago Cubs fans have never been to Illinois), and he claims two favorite NFL teams: the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. Sure.
“My favorite player right now is Carson Wentz,” James said. “I told my brother that early in the season that I just love the way he plays the game. The way that he’s able to get to progressions throughout the course of a three-step drop or a five-step drop, and if everything breaks down, his ability to run, get outside the pocket, either make passes or get yards with his feet.
“He’s a very smart player from the outside looking in, obviously, and they’ve got a really good team. I’m a Cowboys fan, I’m a Browns fan, but I’m a fan of sports and I know sports.”
Everything James said is correct — his football breakdown is quite nuanced, you have to give him that — and he’s not the only football fan who is really impressed with Wentz. Wentz is fun to watch, has led the Eagles to a surprising 10-1 record and is neck-and-neck with Tom Brady in a fun MVP race. James, probably the greatest active American athlete, giving Wentz that type of endorsement should help Wentz’s popularity grow even more. Yet … a Cowboys fan rooting for the Eagles quarterback? It can’t be.
At least James’ random fan allegiance is still better than Drake liking every team.
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