MARBELLA, Spain — Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic has told ESPN that NBA superstar LeBron James is one of his biggest sporting inspirations, though also speaking about his possess dunking capabilities.
Pulisic, 19, revealed his admiration for the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, who is known to be a massive football supporter himself and made available to flip out for Liverpool in 2016.
“LeBron James has generally been a massive inspiration of mine,” Pulisic explained in an exceptional job interview with ESPN’s Raphael Honigstein at the Bundesliga side’s winter education camp in Marbella. “I am a massive supporter — I just love to view him and I of course support wherever he is.”
The United States international, who grew up in Pennsylvania before creating the move to Germany, also admitted that his general love of the NBA sales opportunities him to just take an interest in a range of groups.
“I also like my hometown crew, the [Philadelphia] 76ers,” he explained. “I like to stick to a great deal of distinct groups and distinct players — I just actually like the sport.”
In addition to his standout performances for Dortmund on the football pitch, in the latest weeks, Pulisic has also proved that his abilities lengthen to the basketball court.
Inspite of standing at below six-feet tall, the midfielder impressed some of his club teammates, such as striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, by displaying his dunking capabilities in a video clip posted to his official Instagram account.
In light of the video clip, Pulisic revealed he performed the sport to a significant level before shifting his aim to football.
“I performed one 12 months of competitive basketball basically,” he explained. “I you should not try to remember what grade I was in, perhaps middle college or one thing. I was generally the smallest one but I did my finest. I considered I did rather good but I was generally a very little bit improved at soccer so I experienced to make the decision.
“It [basketball] is undoubtedly one of my biggest passions. I performed every single day following college with all my friends from significant college in Pennsylvania. They were not actually soccer players so we would play basketball all the time.
“I nevertheless love the sport — it is really just one thing I have generally loved to do.”
Inspite of expressing his interest in emulating the likes of baseball-turned-NFL star Bo Jackson in one day moving from football to the NBA, Pulisic admitted that any changeover would be unlikely.
“I you should not know if I would be allowed to do that, but I would if I could!” he joked.