After 13 seasons at the summit of the NBA, LeBron James' reputation extends beyond the basketball hardwood and into the wider sporting sphere.
So much so that whenever another player reaches the elite level of their respective sport, he is often called the 'LeBron James' of that field.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had the treatment this week as he prepares for Super Bowl 50. His reaction was to ask "why can't LeBron be called the Cam Newton of power forwards?" Well, now, James has offered his own response.
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"I heard that," James told reporters yesterday, via ESPN.
"I'm not a power forward, though...I'm LeBron of the NBA."
It was the perfect response from the four-time NBA MVP who remains one of the biggest stars in the game alongside the likes of Steph Curry.
Top of their game
In helping the Cleveland Cavaliers to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, James is busy putting himself in a position to challenge for his league's top prize at season's end.
Newton will do that this weekend as his Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, and James made it clear he was "absolutely" a fan of the quarterback even despite his misstep on LeBron's position:
"I'm not a power forward right now, and I'm not slowing down any time soon," James said. "So, I like being a wing guy. It's cooler."
One this is for sure, both James and Newton are at the height of their respective sports right now.