Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 11:50 am  |  22 responses

LeBron James Might Wear Short-Shorts in a Game This Season

As a huge Julius Erving fan, LeBron James is thinking of paying homage to his hero by wearing the same kind of short-shorts that Doc used to rock on the court. (LBJ previewed the look back in August.) Per ESPN: “The conversation was ‘Who do I like?’ James said, clarifying his comments. ‘Who were my three? Who were my favorite three of all time?’ No one knows who’s the greatest three players of all time. It’s impossible. No one can say who’s the best three of all time. You’re going to have Jordan there for sure. But after that, you can have Bird, Magic, Kareem, Wilt, Bill Russell, Oscar, Jerry West, Dr. J. You might even throw LeBron in there, maybe.’ [...] James, who was two years old when Dr. J retired from the Philadelphia 76ers in 1987, said he became such a huge fan of Erving’s because of his childhood idol, Michael Jordan. ‘As a kid I always heard the name,’ James said. ‘And being a huge Jordan fan, I always knew Jordan looked up to Dr. J. So I was like, ‘Wow, who is Dr. J? If Jordan’s saying he aspired to be like this guy, I want to know who it is.’ And as I got the opportunity to meet him over All-Star weekend and stuff like that, he’s just an unbelievable guy. So you start liking someone like that.’ James switched his jersey number from No. 23 to No. 6 when he joined the Miami Heat in 2010. He has also worn No. 6, the same number Erving wore, while playing for Team USA in the Olympics. ‘Doc had something to do with it,’ James said of the number change. ‘And it coincides with my kids. My youngest son’s birthday is in June, the sixth month, and then LeBron Jr. was born on October 6. So that had a lot to do with it.’ [...] ‘I’m just wondering how in the heck they played like that,’ James said of the tiny shorts. ‘I might bring it back, though. I might play in some small shorts this year. Pay my homage to the ’80s, to Dr. J and John Stockton. I don’t think it’s going to catch on, but I’m going to do it one game, maybe opening night. I can’t go all the way up (the legs), though. Athletes today are built a little differently in the legs.’”

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  • pposse

    This is one move of Lebron’s I actually support. Wear short shorts on opening night, please do. There will be nothing better to see you get yammed on by D Rose with your short shorts on and to watch Noah debo a girly man.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    lol, SLAM Magazine had a blurb about this happening not too long ago.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    no thanks

  • ses

    The number change explanation is cool but partially BS! Lebron knew he had to change his number because “23″ was retired in Miami already! This was the biggest sign (for me) that he knew where he was going during the time of the decision). He mentioned changing his number while he was still a member of the Cavs during his last year there. C’mon Man! youre not fooling anyone!

  • bike

    “‘Athletes today are built a little differently in the legs.’”
    LMFAO. Okay, let’s get a thread started as to why the hell that might be.

  • Shooting Guard

    we’re fully aware of drose’s return but nooooo

  • LakeShow

    Do it! My gay side thinks he’d pull it off better than 90% of the L.

    Better than Kevin’s skinny ass legs! LMAO!

  • Joey

    This is like when you play 2k and have LeBron playing on the 85 bulls team

  • BadNewsBronson

    Gay side? I guess that means, Dr. J was gay, Bird, Magic, Jordan, Shaq, Wilt, Russell, Dominque, Kareem, Elgin, West, Clyde, Lambeer, Isiah, Pippen. Dudes in the 80s and early 90s wore close fitting jeans, as well as today.

  • LakeShow

    Sorry if that offended.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I think he meant his “gay side” as in most straight guys’ ability to acknowledge/appreciate another man’s muscular physique.
    As someone that’s been pushing hard in the weightroom for almost 15 years, I’ll be the first to give props to D12′s wide delts, and Corey Maggatte’s well-defined biceps, and Kobe’s ridiculously perfect cheekbone-to-jaw-line-ratio (I kid).

  • Corey

    Dudes in the 90′s definitely did not wear close fitting jeans, and whatever these cats are wearing these days and calling jeans are ridiculous. As far as your entire response to Lake Show’s comment…….CARRY ON LUGGAGE…flew right over your head bud.

  • BadNewsBronson

    First of all, don’t tell me as a guy who grew up around the Harlem, Bronx and Brooklyn areas when dudes were wearing close fitting jeans. Second of all, read “early-90s” as in ’90, ’91, and a bit of ’92 until the baggie jeans craze throught out the rest of the decade. Sorry if that flew over your head BUD.

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  • BadNewsBronson

    Yeah, sorry if that offended, too.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    This is a joshing moment. charkle charkle snarf snarf

    shout out to samaki walker shout out to aaron mcgee shout to Lugeep Ozaetioka


  • Zabbah

    No one cares if he wears short-shorts on his big dick.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Do it. Do it…..

  • JohnWilkesPoop

    Corey’s still wearing baggy jeans and he was born in the 90s so he doesn’t know what the f*ck is going on now or then.

  • thebossman15

    lebron slurpers on this site are probably so turnt up right now

  • JoeMaMa

    The Lakers did this a couple of years ago as part of a throwback night – I remember seeing Kobe trying to pull the shorts longer, and DFish looking uncomfortable. I think they then switched it up at the half.
    I think that knowing this fact makes me a basketball junkie.