LeBron James can't keep his hands off the Stanley Cup

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LeBron James has been enjoying his offseason after missing out on the playoffs with the Los Angeles Lakers, including a meeting with the Stanley Cup. (Via Twitter/NHL)
LeBron James has been enjoying his offseason after missing out on the NBA playoffs with the Los Angeles Lakers, including a meeting with the Stanley Cup. (Via Twitter/NHL)

LeBron James just can't stay away from trophies.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers star had a moment with the Stanley Cup, stopping to appreciate the prodigious trophy while enjoying his offseason break.

Just about anyone who has had the privilege to be in the presence of the cup can relate to James exclaiming "damn!" as he got up close and personal with Lord Stanley's mug.

LeBron even laid his hand on the neck of the trophy, a somewhat controversial move (it really shouldn't be) that did not go unnoticed by those following on social media.

James is not the only basketball star to have ignited the age-old debate, as the NBA on TNT crew got people talking when they had a moment with the Cup on set in May.

Legends and former NBA champions Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith did not hesitate to hoist the trophy above their heads, as did host Ernie Johnson. The one member of the panel who refused to even touch the Stanley Cup was Hall of Fame forward Charles Barkley, who never won a championship throughout a prolific 16-year career.

"I would never touch a championship trophy, even if it's not my sport," Barkley says. "It's just a rule I have."

If we go by Chuck's logic, then LeBron should have no problem touching hockey's most prized possession, being a four-time NBA champion himself.

The 37-year-old has had a relatively busy offseason despite missing out on the playoffs for only the fourth time in his career. James has been as active as ever on Twitter, notably sharing his thoughts on the NBA playoff action and freely dishing out his opinions to millions of followers and admirers.

Last month, LeBron held a Twitter Q&A, answering a plethora of questions from fans and notably rising to a hockey shootout challenge tendered by legendary quarterback Tom Brady.

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