LeBron James is in Philadelphia on Monday for the Cavaliers-76ers game this evening. For whatever reason, James was talking about the NFL with reporters, and revealed that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is one of his favorite players to watch, along with Tom Brady and the Steelers duo of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.
James said that there are a few players that he loves to watch, including Patriots QB Tom Brady and Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell, but tops on the list at the moment is the Eagles’ second-year quarterback.
“My favorite player right now is Carson Wentz,” James said Monday morning. “I told my brother that early in the season that I just love the way he plays the game. The way that he’s able to get to progressions throughout the course of a three-step drop or a five-step drop, and if everything breaks down, his ability to run, get outside the pocket, either make passes or get yards with his feet.”
This seems like a fine take, given that Wentz is one of the favorites for NFL MVP this year, Brady is one of the all-time greats in NFL history, and Brown and Bell are two of the league’s most exciting players.
It’s a bit less defensible given that LeBron is a fan of both the Cowboys and Browns.
“He’s a very smart player from the outside looking in, obviously, and they’ve got a really good team. I’m a Cowboys fan, I’m a Browns fan, but I’m a fan of sports and I know sports.”
The Eagles are one of Dallas’ big rivals, and pounded the Cowboys 37-9 last Sunday night. The cities of Cleveland and Pittsburgh have had a rivalry for decades, though the football side of that rivalry has seemingly flipped towards Pittsburgh and Baltimore since the Browns became the Ravens in 1996.
Still, it’s pretty funny that three of James’ four favorite players to watch play for rivals of the teams he cheers for. No love for Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott, or uh…Myles Garrett, I guess?