LeBron James may be the "King," but he won't be lacing up skates for the Los Angeles Kings or any other NHL team anytime soon, according to Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella.
"He can't skate," Tortorella said on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland on Wednesday when asked if James could play hockey. "He's too [darn] big. He can't skate."
James, 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title last season and is such a gifted athlete, the Cleveland Browns once said they had a helmet waiting for him if he wanted to try out for the NFL team. But there's no telling what James can do on skates.
"I challenge him," Tortorella said. "Tell him to get his [butt] out here and come on the ice and skate with us. I want to see him skate."
Fortunately for Tortorella, the Blue Jackets are playing so well they don't need James to try and translate his magic on the court to the ice. The Blue Jackets lead the NHL in wins (30), are tied with the Washington Capitals for the most points in the League (64), and recently had a 16-game winning streak.
Nationwide Arena in Columbus is about a two-hour drive from Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavaliers play. That arena also is home to the Cleveland Monsters, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate, which won the Calder Cup last season.