Lawrence Okoye paid tribute to the 'superhero' talents of Miami Heat's LeBron James after the NBA star led his side to back-to-back championships.
Okoye, who is currently in the United States with the San Francisco 49ers, hailed James after the superstar forward piled on 37 points in a clutch Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday night.
The 95-88 victory for the Heat consolidates James' position as one of the best players of all-time, and Okoye took to Twitter to lend his congratulations.
Okoye said: "I genuinely don't understand how anyone can hate on Lebron - wouldn't be surprised if he turned into Batman at night #Superhero."
James came in for fierce criticism when he first joined the Heat in 2010 - teaming up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to form the 'Big Three'.
The manner of 'The Decision' - James' live TV announcement that signalled his intention to sign with Miami - and the fact that three of the game's superstars would be playing on the same team didn't go down too well in the United States.
Okoye is currently with the 49ers for their pre-season Organised Team Activities.
The former-Olympic discus finalist was signed by the NFL franchise as an undrafted free agent despite zero American football experience.
His impressive physical workouts hinted at his huge potential, and the Super Bowl runners-up believe Okoye has what it takes to become a professional football player.