LeBron James is a three-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP, four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, 12-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. If he ever gets bored dominating the sport of basketball, U.S. national handball team coach Javier Garcia Cuesta suggested to The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore that James would need “about six months” until he’d be the best handball player in the world:
“Maybe six months. This is just a hypothetical. He has everything. When you see him playing, your mouth drops.”
Kilgore then asked arguably the sport’s best active player, Denmark’s Mikkel Hansen, if LeBron’s basketball talent and physical dominance could seamlessly translate to handball:
“It’s difficult to talk about that … I admire LeBron James very much. I’m a big basketball fan. The way he sees the court, his vision for the game, is very impressive. There you would have a good start. And physically, he is amazing. But you also need to throw the ball. So, yeah. Maybe.”
Morten Olsen, Hansen’s teammate, also chimed in:
“We always talk about it: If the Americans really wanted to play handball, they would be amazing. They have so many good athletes, and really big, strong athletes. It would be a big problem. Playing against LeBron James, that would be hard.”
We always ask ourselves “could LeBron do this?” or talk about “LeBron would be so good at that…” — it now appears we need to add handball to the list, if it wasn’t there already.