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LeBron James says he “can relate” to Tim Tebow

Jan 16, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

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When you think of athletes like LeBron James, Tim Tebow probably isn’t the first guy that comes to mind.

But LeBron James sees some similarities and relates to him, he told Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida.com. And stop with the “losing in the playoffs” jokes, that’s not what he meant.

“I can relate to him a lot,” said James, who like Tebow, is one of the most talked-about athletes anywhere. “I see how the media plays it sometimes and how the critics go at him and to see him continue to prove them wrong. If it’s a good game or a bad game on his part, he continues to stay positive and move forward. And that’s a great sign. It’s a great leader. You respect that no matter if you’re in that same sport or not….

“I’m one of those guys who has been in those shoes before, as well. . . I understood a lot of what he’s going through, what he went through, and it’s good to see him success(ful) now. You want to see greatness, you always want to see guys succeed — especially when people count you out from Day 1. That’s what I love about him. I always tweet about him.”

LeBron and Tebow have met, they are both endorsers of Nike.

I’m not sure people counted out LeBron the way they counted out Tebow. There were questions if Tebow could ever be an effective NFL quarterback, he has proven that he can win games. LeBron was an anointed golden child from his sophomore year of high school and the question was only really how high could he go, could he fully realize his potential? We’re still asking that.

But there is something to be said for relating to other guys under the microscope. Hard to imagine what it is like unless you’ve been there, and LeBron has certainly been there.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Lebron could learn from Tebow’s humbleness…if he truly wants to relate to him.

    • bparmalee - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Tebow should be humble…. 46.5% comp and 123 yards passing per game isnt exactly something to brag about.

      • skids003 - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:15 AM

        He doesn’t brag. You don’t like him because he’s a truly nice guy? Says alot for you.

  2. acdc363 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Can’t hide from Tebow headlines even after he gets creamed in foxborough

  3. goforthanddie - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Tebow succeeded far beyond what his abilities should have allowed, because he busts his ass. leb chokes and whines.
    People talk about Tebow either because they like him or are tired of hearing about him. People talk about leb to mock and ridicule him.
    Yep, two peas in a pod. Once again leb lets his stupidity run wild.

    • hoytdadd64 - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Yeah those two are on opposite sides of the pendulum…except for one thing, that whole tebowing is very much like the decision…all for show..if he’s going to follow the word he must follow every word…http://imgur.com/gallery/tejxP

      • skids003 - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        He does. Don’t hate him because he’s a nice guy. I’m tired of all the jerks that worship jerks.

  4. bparmalee - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    So Lebron… a guy that is one of the best players in the NBA and one of the most talented players the NBA has ever seen… can relate to a guy that cant effectively play his position in the NFL. If this is how Lebron really thinks then he some issues. Even if Lebron never wins a title and never comes up big in the 4th.. he will go down as one of the true talents the NBA has ever seen. Tim Tebow cant throw a football and relies on gimmicks to get the defense off balance. Tim Tebow is more Todd Fuller than Lebron James.

    • Josh Perez - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Tebow can’t “effectively play his position”?
      Ask yourself; How effective were the Broncos before Tebow? I know right, that’s the answer. Also don’t forget is too early to say he can’t be an elite QB because if 2 words, rookie season.

      • bparmalee - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        So lets do some facts (because you obviously dont know the answer): 46.5% comp 123 yards per game passing. 46.5 puts him 4th worst just ahead of Akili Smith, Heath Shuler and Ryan Leaf. He WAS NOT A ROOKIE. It was his 2nd season. He had a full training camp his actual rookie year and even started at the end of the season his actual rookie year. The defense carried them to every win they had except for the Vikings and the Steelers. Yes when you go 2/8 for 68 yards and win the game thats a carry by the defense. He will never be an elite or even average QB because he cant throw a football. Once the gimmick of having a FB play QB was figured out (or maybe you didnt see 2 Pats games, Bills and Chiefs games) and defenses stop going to the 4th quarter prevent he could not do anything. Tim Tebow…good guy… decent running back…. horrid/terrible/poor excuse for a QB.

  5. mlblogsbig3bosox - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    If you mean losing in the playoffs.. yeah I can relate him to Tebow.

  6. fouldwimmerlaik - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    One big difference between Tebow and Lebron is that Tebow actually shows up in the fourth quarter.

  7. crafttractor1234 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Where to begin with the differences?

    1) Tebow is actually friendly and gracious to strangers he meets. Lebron is snarling and nasty to strangers. I’ve seen him interact with the public, including in his own home town. It’s ugly. He and his posse should be ashamed of how he interacts with people.

    2) Tebow is welcomed in his home town. LeBron is disliked in Akron, strongly by most.

    3) Tebow is humble. LeBron has been stroked since he was 10 years old such that he possesses zero concept of humility and is unable or unwilling to act as a normal human being.

    4) Tebow is making the absolute most out of meager NFL QB talent, while LeChoke is preening himself into BB infamy. He ran from his chance at greatness in Cleveland, the hometown savior, and is now just one of 3 punks. He also surrounds himself with sycophantic morons who encourage his cocoon of immature idiocy, and engages mostly in athletic self service, a grown up athletic masturbator.

    LeQuit has now disappeared at playoff crunch time, twice. He quit against Boston and against the Mavs last year. There is absolutely no comparison to be made between him and Tebow.

    • bparmalee - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      To be fair… Lebron did not do a Super Bowl ad for the hate group…errrr.. religious group Focus on the Family. I think that should be a point in Lebrons corner.

      • illegalblues - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        a-fricken-greed

      • goforthanddie - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        That’s a mighty lonely point.

    • mytthor - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      I am so tired of this ridiculous LeBron hate. Dislike the player, hate The Decision, whatever. I love when I hear people say, though, that you claim to know how the majority of Akron feels. Get over yourself. Speak for yourself, not for the entire roster of people in LeBron and Tebow’s hometowns. Get a life. Just get a life.

      You cannot dislike someone personally without knowing them personally.

  8. trueballs - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    They’re actually exact opposites. LBJ has all the talent in the world and no clutch gene. Tebow is one of the least talented QBs who only succeeds in the clutch.

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      I think we should just fuse them and form the ultimate player..

      • goforthanddie - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        Could end up w/ the ultimate loser too…

  9. explosionsauce - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I actually like Lebron more. LBJ doesn’t shove faith down America’s throat every time a camera is in his face. It’s hilarious that Lebron is trying to ride the Tebowmania coat tails. And other posters have already pointed out the obvious already, Lebron doesn’t show up in the 4th quarter and Tebow doesn’t show up until the 4th quarter. Less praying, more film study. Lebron should spend less time trying to be the king of Cleveland/Miami/Any town’s clubs he goes to and more time perfecting his craft.

    • michflaguy - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      LeBron is just jealous ’cause people *used* to like *him*…but now they hate him, and everyone now loves Tebow. Tebow is everything LeBron was 4 years ago…young, likable, positive, humble, revered. LeBron sold his soul to go to Miami…and now he’s gotta deal with that fact.

  10. michflaguy - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Wow…how pathetic. Talk about jumpin’ on the bandwagon looking for some cheap publicity. James *wishes* he was more like Tebow…you know, a guy that people actually LIKED? The reaction of the people to LeBron’s move to Miami has REALLY messed with his head, and he can’t seem to get past it. This is now the Achilles heel of LeBron James…people don’t like him anymore and he hates that. So much so, that he will try desperately to get *anyone* to like him again…even by comparing himself to the new “golden boy” of sports – which is what LeBron was for 5 years until he screwed all his fans and left Cleveland. Now he’s just another money-grubbing pro athlete looking for a big payday…and Tebow is all goodness and light! : – )

  11. pukpokito - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Imagine if they actually win a Championship.That would drive people crazy….and shaking their head.Hahahaha!

    They both need to be much better.

  12. jowenshroyer - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I don’t know why Lebron would want to compare himself to Tebow, Tebow is bad at his position and got eliminated from the playoffs…check out more NBA and NFL reaction at http://www.dailygrindsports.com

    Whats next for Tebow? Tim Tebow announces that he will play the entire 2012 season bearing the cross

  13. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    they’re opposites. lebron is an incredible talent with a pretty bad personality and such a high level of arrogance it’s comical.

    tebow is the biggest overacheiver in the nfl and with that he’s still just average on a good day. but he’s an all-world human being, a caring guy, and the epitome of decent.

    the world could use more tebows. lebron could learn a few things from him if he wants to be less of a jerk…

  14. deiong - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    hmmm,, well maybe lebron will find God.. would be huuuge.

    • mytthor - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Or maybe he has but you don’t know because he’s not insufferably in everyone’s face about it, like Tebow is.

  15. thetooloftools - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I don’t see Tim quitting on his team and then embarrassing his hometown and then dissing them in front of the entire nation.
    LeBron refuses to believe the guy in the mirror is an (|)-hole, but he is. James doesn’t have a clue as to what being a man is really all about. I don’t hate LeBron James… I feel sorry for someone that stupid.

  16. redbullenergydrink - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Lebron, haters will hate! Just go out there and do what you’ve got to do to win!

  17. mosesthe2nd - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Lebron needs to visit with Dr. Phil so he can get his head together. He also needs to return to Cleveland and finish his career. He will never amount to anything anywhere else.
    He is a head case with many great talents but they will never be realized.
    In addition, he needs some kind of religion.

  18. bearsstillsuck - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    They both have the fact they I hate them both in common.

  19. BrownsTown - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Why, did Tebow cheat on the mother of his children, too?

    • redbullenergydrink - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      If athletes cheating on their girlfriends/wives surprises you, you need to crawl out of that hole you’re living in.

  20. barklikeadog - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    I’d MUCH rather my son look up to and idolize a good person and hard worker with less taken than a uber-talented pr*ck like leBOOB. Goes to show how much a father means on a boys life.

    • redbullenergydrink - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      I’m sure your son really thinks you’re a great role model by nicknaming LeBron “LeNoob” online. Daddy of the year you should win.

      • redbullenergydrink - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

        ***LeBoob

    • tebow4lyf - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      your right hey, lebron got to being one of the best in the league by not being a hard worker, intelligence at its best coming from these ‘lebron haters’

  21. dirtybird2020 - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Tebow comes through in the 4th lebron disappears! Cant relate to tebow!

  22. asublimeday - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Maybe sometime tebow will let lebron check out his trophies.

  23. asublimeday - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Lebron, if you finish your vegetables, maybe uncle Tim will let you see his heisman and national championship trophies!

  24. asublimeday - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Where to begin with the differences?

    1) Tebow is actually friendly and gracious to strangers he meets. Lebron is snarling and nasty to strangers. I’ve seen him interact with the public, including in his own home town. It’s ugly. He and his posse should be ashamed of how he interacts with people.

    2) Tebow is welcomed in his home town. LeBron is disliked in Akron, strongly by most.

    3) Tebow is humble. LeBron has been stroked since he was 10 years old such that he possesses zero concept of humility and is unable or unwilling to act as a normal human being.

    4) Tebow is making the absolute most out of meager NFL QB talent, while LeChoke is preening himself into BB infamy. He ran from his chance at greatness in Cleveland, the hometown savior, and is now just one of 3 punks. He also surrounds himself with sycophantic morons who encourage his cocoon of immature idiocy, and engages mostly in athletic self service, a grown up athletic masturbator.

    LeQuit has now disappeared at playoff crunch time, twice. He quit against Boston and against the Mavs last year. There is absolutely no comparison to be made between him and Tebow.
    ———-
    This is so on point and witty that I actually want to buy you a beer. No joke, no sarcasm. Well done.

    Well done.

  25. africanballer - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    I wonder why LeBron keeps talking.

    I mean there’s nothing that he can say that won’t draw criticism. He needs to shut up and play, and do things differently, ie the 4th quarter, closing out games, seriously.

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