LeBron James reacts to Cam Newton’s comparison comments
Cam Newton on Monday at Super Bowl media day wondered out loud why he has to be the “LeBron James of the NFL” — an exercise that happens all too often — after he was posed a question about it by asking, “Why can’t LeBron be called the Cam Newton of power forwards?”
And now, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has a response for the Carolina Panthers quarterback.
Saying he’s “absolutely” a fan of Newton, James, speaking at Cavaliers shootaround Wednesday morning before a tilt with the Charlotte Hornets in the evening, took issue with how the signal-caller mistakenly referred to him as a power forward.
“I heard that,” James said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “I heard that. I’m not a power forward though.”
When asked a follow-up question by a reporter on whether or not he’s the Cam Newton of the NBA as Newton suggested, James replied, “I’m LeBron of the NBA.”
In terms of size and physical talent, James and Newton provide for an interesting comparison, despite playing two different sports. James measures a muscular 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, while Newton is an imposing figure at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, gigantic even in light of today’s inflated NFL standards.
James added that he’s perfectly happy in the small forward position and has no plans of changing anytime soon.
“I’m not a power forward right now, and I’m not slowing down any time soon,” he said. “So, I like being a wing guy. It’s cooler.”
James went on to praise Newton for his unique skill set.
“He’s a rare talent,” he said. “And obviously his size and speed is just a rarity at that position. And then his height as well, there’s not many guys that are 6-5 or over in the NFL – especially playing the quarterback position. So that’s why, combined with his IQ, combined with his speed, his power and combined with the great guys surrounding him, that makes it very tough (to defend him).”
James of course knows a thing or two about that rare combination of size, skill and talent.