Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James could have followed the footsteps of Michael Jordan and became a two-sport professional athlete.
While Michael Jordan infamously became a baseball player for the Birmingham Barons in 1994, LeBron James recently revealed that he contemplated playing football during the 2011 NBA lockout.
Appearing on the UNINTERRUPTED Podcast on Monday, the four-time NBA MVP shared that he went as far as preparing his body for the possibility of shifting sports.
“I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be. Myself and my trainer, we really started to actually train to be a football player, when it came to like October or November. We started to clock out time with the 40’s. We started to add more to our bench press and things of that nature. We started to add more sled to our agenda,” LeBron said.
To be clear, James’ possible venture to the gridiron wasn’t just for clout. He was a two-sport superstar in high school and played as a wide receiver for St. Vincent-St. Mary. The King was even recruited by Division I football programs including Notre Dame. That’s a long way from the Lakers.
LeBron James eventually stopped playing football in his senior year after his teammates and close childhood friends, “The Fab Five” barred him to do so. They feared he might injure himself and jeopardize his bright basketball career, which has brought him to the Lakers.
The 2011 lockout, on the other hand, lasted for 161 days and ended on December 8, 2011. LeBron James, who was with the Miami Heat at the time, went on to win his first NBA title in the shortened season.
Source: Clutch Sports