Over the course of his 17-year NBA career, LeBron James has developed a keen ability to identify talent. It's a key reason why he's been able to win 4 titles in 3 different cities, rebuilding franchises along the way.
One of those players who 'Bron noticed had a special gift early in their playing days despite many fans' rebuttal was the Mavericks' Slovenian sharpshooter Luka Doncic. He revealed on the 'Road Trippin'' special on Spectrum SportsNet that Luka is one of his "favorite players."
In fact, he's noticed several similarities in their playing styles: They both operate as a floor general, place their teammates first and only score when defenders "challenge" them.
Could've been iconic: But 'Bron didn't stop there. He went on to say that when Luka first started negotiating with Nike about a potential endorsement deal, he floated the idea of creating a 'Team LeBron' sub-brand and signing Luka as his first athlete.
"This is what I wanted, and I don’t believe that my guys at Nike was ready for that, and obviously they were not because he went to Jordan," he explained. "And I don’t know if Luka knows this, but he will know it now."
LeBron added, "That’s how much I believed in him. And I feel like it’s going to haunt me a little bit, but I wanted him to be my first guy because I love what he stands for." That's real.
Though Team LeBron never came to fruition, Nike's Jordan Brand was still able to persuade Luka to join its roster and the two parties have since released a smooth Air Jordan 1 "Mindfulness" model.
Another big name who counts LeBron as a fan, a Nike associate, and above all, his Lakers teammate is Anthony Davis. Reports suggest the 27-year-old will be rocking the purple and gold for a minute once he agrees to a five-year, $190 million max contract.