Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James gave an honest and simple reaction when he met with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski Friday night.
“He’s a big motherf—er, man. I can’t even imagine what the DBs must be thinking when he’s coming over the middle,” James said, according to WEEI.com.
James led the Cavs to a comeback victory over the Celtics in Boston, and Gronkowski was one of many Patriots players in attendance.
James, who is 6-foot-8, has a two-inch height advantage over Gronkowski, but the Pro Bowl tight end weighs 265 pounds – 15 pounds heavier than James.
Tom Brady agrees with James.
“Imagine trying to cover that,” Brady raved when asked to think about trying to stop Gronkowski. “He just gets great body position, and I think that’s a big part of it because he’s such a big guy, it’s hard to go through him. He’s 6-7, 260 pounds, so if he can get himself in the right positon and get the defender where he wants him in the right place in the route, the defender can’t do anything about it. And I think they know that, too, so then they panic, and then when they panic, it’s even more of an advantage to the offense.
“Sometimes when you get a bigger receiver on the perimeter and a smaller [defensive back] is matched up on him, the mindset of the DB might even change because they think, ‘Oh my God, this guy is so much bigger and taller and stronger and what am I going to do?’ And then they’re already beat sometimes before the ball is snapped.”