The NBA draws some of the tallest athletes in the world, many of whom stand over 7" tall and many of whom are built like semi trucks.
Though Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James certainly falls into that latter category, he "only" stands a relatively short 6'8" tall.
However, when you're attending a sporting event and James is sitting in front of you, you're probably not going to have the best view of the action.
That's what boxing legend Mike Tyson found out the hard way last month at the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match. Tyson told the Washington Post that he had to watch most of the fight on the arena's video board since he couldn't see around James:
“[LeBron is] around 10 foot tall, so when he stood up, I looked up at the fight [on the videoboard] on the ceiling,” Tyson said. “They had the little tubes on the ceiling. I watched it on the ceiling. I was like, ‘God, this guy’s tall.’”
Compared to LeBron, Tyson is short, standing only 5'10" tall, so it's understandable why he was a little upset with his seating assignment for the mega-fight between the undefeated Mayweather and UFC star McGregor.
Still, Tyson was in good spirits and could only laugh about sitting behind James. He said he felt it was a great event and that spectators in the arena and at home saw a great product:
“Everyone got their money’s worth,” he said, referring to at-home audience members who paid nearly $100 a pop to watch the fight. “I thought it was cool."
Indeed, the fight went into the 10th round before Mayweather preserved his perfect record with a TKO of McGregor, improving to 50-0 in his record-breaking career.
LeBron, who had an unblocked view of the bout, seemed to enjoy himself watching the two star athletes battle it out in one of the most highly anticipated boxing matches of all-time.
Though James is one of the best basketball players ever to step foot on an NBA court, it's fair to wonder what he could do in a boxing ring or a UFC octagon.
However, that will always be a hypothetical question, as James's focus is solely on winning his fourth NBA title this year with the Cavaliers, who recently traded star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.
Whatever happens on the court this year, LeBron's status as one of the game's all-time greats has been cemented, just like Mayweather's greatness in the ring can never be called into question.