There has been a rumor circling around Dallas Cowboys camp that LeBron James would be on the sidelines for the team’s afternoon practice.
While the rumor turned out to be false, LeBron does carry a big Cowboys-related stick.
And he’s swung that stick a couple of times in recent days.
First, in trying to explain his decision to join the Lakers, he stated:
“Obviously the Lakers haven’t made the playoffs in a few years, but the Lakers organization and historical franchise matches up there with all the greats.
“You can look at the Cowboys and you can look at the Patriots, you can look at Manchester United, the Boston Celtics — these are historical franchises. For me to be a part of that, I think it’s a great move not only for me but for my family and for the history of basketball in general.”
LeBron and the Cowboys have aligned themselves together, and James has been on the sideline of Cowboys games during the NFL season.
James also reacted to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stated position against Cowboys players using the pregame national anthem to stage protests against social injustices. The King made it clear that he doesn’t agree with Jones by retweeting DFW sportscaster Dale Hansen’s anti-Jones opinion piece.
Regardless of his disagreement with Jones, LeBron has all the support from the Dallas Cowboys locker room. This roster is full of players who consider James to be the greatest NBA player of all time, superior to Michael Jordan … and they have a great deal of fun debating about it.
“LeBron is my hero,” linebacker Jaylon Smith has said.”LeBron isn’t just chasing the (opponent). He’s chasing (Michael) Jordan. He’s chasing history. He’s chasing ghosts!”
“I hate that we all can’t just be in the moment,” safety Jeff Heath added. “We’re in the presence of greatness here, the greatest basketball player of his time, and I’d say the greatest athlete of all-time. Just enjoy it!
“Why can’t people admit to the greatness that we are witnessing? I’m not old enough — none of us in this locker room are old enough — to have been there for Jordan. But why can’t some of the people let their childhood hero go?”
And finally, running back Ezekiel Elliott, citing his Ohio roots, said, “It’s all LeBron. It’s all LeBron for me because I’m loyal.”
Not today, but maybe someday soon we’ll see LeBron James on a Cowboys sideline again.