MIAMI — So did Usain Bolt show up at Tuesday night’s opener at AmericanAirlines Arena because he’s a big LeBron James fan?
“I came here because I’m a Boston Celtics fan,” said Bolt, the legendary Jamaican sprinter who sat courtside for the game between the Celtics and Miami. “I’m a big K.G. (Kevin Garnett) fan.”
Nevertheless, Bolt said he’s also a fan of James, the Heat forward. The two each have been gold medalists at the past two Olympics.
“I really like his game,” Bolt said of James, who scored 26 points in Miami’s 120-107 win before leaving for good early in the fourth quarter with a leg cramps. “I’ve met him before. I like him because he’s a dunker and I’m a dunker.”
Asked after the game about Bolt being on hand, James said, “I think it’s great. I watched him in the last two Olympics and he’s one of greatest that we’ve ever seen as far as what he does on that track.” But James changed his tune when told Bolt was cheering for the Celtics.
“Oh, yeah,” James quipped. “I’m not happy with him.”
Considering the 6-foot-5 Bolt regards himself as a dunker, he was asked if he has a desire one day to play in the NBA.
“No, I don’t think I could play basketball,” said Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist.
Bolt also ruled out playing in the NFL. So there was no need for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, who also attended Tuesday’s game, to try to recruit him.
“No, I don’t think that I could play football,” he said. “But soccer.”
Bolt has aspirations to play soccer for his favorite team, Manchester United, when he retires. But Bolt on Tuesday was busy rooting for his favorite basketball team.