Any defender who has had the misfortune of standing in the lane when LeBron James is driving to the hoop would never, ever compare him to a figure skater. At 6'8" and 250 pounds of muscle, James surely looks more like a linebacker racing to stuff a goal-line rush, but Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh sees him in a different light.
Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel caught up with Bosh and spoke to him about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Delightfully, the quirky center had some eye-opening comparisons for his Big Three teammates.
According to Bosh, LeBron would be a figure skater because of his creativity. Truth be told, he could probably succeed at any athletic endeavor he put his mind to, and seeing James in pairs figure skating twirling around a 100-pound female with ease would be very entertaining.
That said, I'm doubtful about the amount of creativity involved in figure skating. The runs are rigorously planned out and must be executed to the letter, but at least LeBron would probably choose good music to skate to.
On Dwyane Wade, Bosh stated: "He's short, so he could do that speed skating." It's not clear why being short would help in that sport. American speed skater Shani Davis has two gold and two silver medals from the last two Olympics Games, and he is 6'2".
Then again, the 6'11" Bosh considers 6'2" to be short, so I guess he's right on the money. Wade is 6'4". I can easily imagine Wade on skates and encased in a U.S. unitard to reduce wind resistance. That makes sense.
Bosh's brief comments on the Winter Olympics make fans thirst for even more from him. NBC should call him up and use a satellite link for its skating coverage!
Asked by Winderman what his favorite event was, Bosh answered: "When they jump off the slope and go long and then they land." I think he means ski jumping, but that's pretty much what happens in a bunch of events.
Now we just sit back and await Bosh's projected Olympic events for the likes of Chris Andersen (ski jumping?), Shane Battier (skeleton?), Greg Oden (curling?), Michael Beasley ("Super Cool Beas" on the snowboarding halfpipe?) and Erik Spoelstra (ice dancing?).