First off I want to start by saying anyone who nicknames themselves a king, is not a really a king at all. Unsure of what the origin stories are of their nicknames, but I digress.
This week’s NBA game between the Suns and the Cavaliers was the site of one of these rare meetings, as LeBron James met Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez after the game. The two made sure to get together, talk about Kingly things, and take a picture.
Regarding that whole King nickname thing again, here’s what I found out about the two kings and their nicknames.
In his junior year of high school LeBron was averaging 29.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game. He won many awards and accolades in Ohio which was the same time “King James” gained popularity.
And here’s the backstory on Felix, who for sure didn’t anoint himself the King, can’t 100% say the same for LeBron. Who’s the next man to be nicknamed King, hopefully no one, but only time will tell.
Hernandez reached the majors at age 19 in August 2005 with the “King Felix” nickname firmly in place, having had it bestowed upon him by the popular USSMariner.com blog two years earlier when he was still pitching at the Class A level. “All hail King Felix,” the 2003 blog entry read.