Talking about his affinity for Dr. J, LeBron James talks about possibly paying homage by wearing short-shorts.
This past summer, LeBron named Julius Erving as one of the three greatest players, and in a recent interview with Chris Broussard of ESPN, King James clarifies that he was just stating his all-time favorite players. When discussing his fandom of Dr. J, James said his jersey number change to No. 6 was partially influenced by Doc - but mostly influenced by his son's dates of birth.
We've seen LBJ don the short-shorts before when he dressed in Dr. J-like gear for a photoshoot this summer and posted photos on Instagram. Now he's toying with the idea of wearing short(er) shorts for a game as an ode to Dr. J and other legends of the 70s and 80s.
“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.”
If you recall, the Lakers tried to market short-shorts and had the players wear them for a game in 2007 against the Celtics. This was not viewed as a successful venture.