According to the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas native Mike Tyson stopped by the UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team practice Tuesday to give the players an emotional boost as they enter the Mountain West Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday in Las Vegas, Nev.
According to the Las Vegas Sun report, Tyson gave an unplanned speech to the UNLV team, and got emotional at times during the roughly five-minute speech.
UNLV standout sophomore Mike Moser told the Sun, "He came in and dropped some knowledge on us."
Tyson is said to have talked about his rise to being the heavyweight champion of the world during his motivational speech to the Rebels players.
Moser said, "He got emotional thinking about not understanding how you couldn’t want to be a champion."
This isn't the first time Tyson and UNLV's men's team linked up. He once did a pre-game intro for the team, which was played before the Rebels heated home battle with San Diego State last month to a rousing applause from the over 18,000 fans in attendance.
I'm sure we will see Tyson's soft side in addition to his joking side in his upcoming Las Vegas show, which is set to begin on April 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
It remains to be seen what impact, if any, the former champs speech has on the Rebels' play, but if having one of the baddest boxers to step into the ring spilling his heart doesn't motivate a team to go out and fight for every possession, then I don't know what will.