LeBron James has hailed Texas A&M Aggies quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, speaking of his friendship with the 21-year-old and labelling him as 'an unbelievable competitor.'
Manziel, who recently announced that he would be foregoing his final two years eligibility for the NCAA and entering the 2014 NFL draft, has forged quite a reputation over during his time at Texas.
According to reports from AP cited by NBA.com, the man known widely as 'Johnny Football' is expected to be affiliated with a management company M - operated by a close friend of LeBron's.
And James has spoken very positively of Manziel, revealing that he text the quarterback regularly before and after Aggies games in the Autumn.
"I think at the end of the day, he's an unbelievable competitor and we love what he brings to the table as far as being a football player and as far as being a young man that's trying to strive for greatness, so we're just happy we're able to be a friend of his and be able to help him," said the four-time NBA MVP.
"Throughout this whole season I would text him weekly before the games, after the games, and I didn't know it would lead to obviously us being together now as far as business, but I was happy to help him."
James, a two-time NBA championship winner who is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in league history, will be hoping his Miami Heat team can bounce back from an unexpected 102-92 defeat to the New York Knicks on Thursday night.
The Heat, who currently lie second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-9, will have the chance to put things right immediately on Friday as they make the short trip from Madison Square Garden to Barclays Center to square off against the improving Brookyln Nets.