James was a bit too young to see Dr. J playing in his prime, but thanks the advancement of video, James has studied Erving and become quite the fan. He’s honored him in commercials (complete with afro and all) and recently told ESPN that he might honor him during a game this season.
How you ask? By wearing ‘short shorts’, of course:
“I’m just wondering how in the heck they played like that,” James said of the tiny shorts. “I might bring it back, though. I might play in some small shorts this year. Pay my homage to the ’80s, to Dr. J and John Stockton. I don’t think it’s going to catch on, but I’m going to do it one game, maybe opening night. I can’t go all the way up (the legs), though. Athletes today are built a little differently in the legs.”
You know if James does it, a handful of other teammates will do it, so that might be a pretty interesting night in Miami if they decided to go that route.