Pulisic: LeBron James has always been a 'big inspiration'

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The U.S. national team and Borussia Dortmund midfielder says he's a "big fan" of the Cleveland Cavaliers star

U.S. national team midfielder Christian Pulisic has hailed NBA star LeBron James, saying the Cleveland Cavaliers forward has always been a "big inspiration."

After a video of Pulisic dunking went viral earlier this month, the Borussia Dortmund attacker discussed his basketball fandom and admiration for the four-time NBA MVP.

"LeBron James has always been the biggest one — I just love to watch him," Pulisic told ESPNFC. "I'm a big fan, and he's a big inspiration of mine. Obviously I support wherever he is."

Pulisic recalled dabbling in basketball before he joined the Dortmund youth setup in 2015, though his 5-foot-8 frame always meant soccer was the more realistic career path.

"It's definitely one of my biggest passions — I played every day after school with all my friends from high school in Pennsylvania," Pulisic said. "They weren’t really soccer players, so we would play basketball all the time.

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"I played one year of competitive basketball, actually. I don't remember what grade I was in, maybe middle school or something. I was the point guard — I was the smallest one always. I did my best, I thought I did pretty good. I was always a little bit better at soccer, so I had to make the decision."

As for the video of Pulisic dunking, the 19-year-old moved to quash talk that the rim must have been lowered from the regulation height of 10 feet in order for him to reach the basket.

"Yeah, a lot of people were questioning the rim size if it was full," Pulisic said. "It is! I can jump high, I can dunk — nobody really believes that I can."

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