LeBron James says Allen Iverson was one of his favorite players

Former Sixers guard Allen Iverson. (George Widman/AP file)

ESPN's chief rebellion against God-discoverer Chris Broussard interviewed LeBron James - finally making himself available to the media - and found out some new information on the most famous basketball player in the world.

"LeBron James says he watches a lot of tape. Who does he look at?

Michael Jordan and ... Allen Iverson?"

Why ESPN frames that as if it's a shocking confession - as if A.I. was a ball boy who nobody knew was playing MVP basketball in secret - is a little strange, but regardless, it is apparently the truth. LeBron used Iverson as a role model while developing his own game, but not with actual basketball-playing.

James says he used Iverson as inspiration of will power, and talks of him as if he's starting a folk legend around a bonfire.

From ESPN:

"They say he was 6 feet, but A.I. was like 5-10½. Do we even want to say 160? 170 [pounds]? Do we even want to give him that much weight? And he played like a 6-8 2-guard. He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever. He gave it his all. A.I. was like my second-favorite player growing up, after MJ."