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Blackhawks Kane, Sharp – and Lebron James – get up close and personal with the Bulls
Patrick Kane has made no secret of the fact that he’s a big LeBron James fan. But sitting courtside at the United Center on Thursday night for the Bulls’ big win over the Miami Heat, Kane was definitely rooting for the home team.
“We were happy for the Bulls, for sure,” he said. “First and foremost, we’re obviously Chicago fans in here. But I’ve just been a big LeBron fan ever since he came into the league. Got a great respect for what he’s done throughout his career. It was nice to meet him, get a quick pic and say hi. Nothing too crazy, but it was cool, for sure.”
Kane sat with Patrick Sharp, and senior director of communications Brandon Faber arranged for the two to meet James before the game. And as big a star as Kane is, he was still a little starstruck.
“He was nervous,” Sharp said. “He wasn’t talking very much courtside there. He knew he was going to meet LeBron and get his picture taken. He was a little antsy. I know he looks up to him as one of his favorite athletes. I know Chicago fans probably don’t want to hear that, but whether you like him or hate him, you’ve got to respect the talent he has and what kind of athlete he is. All I know is my boy Kirk Hinrich had a heck of a game.”
In fact, Hinrich’s takedown of James — well, it was more like James running over Hinrich and falling in the process –had the Hawks buzzing.
“I told him after the game, we should get some hockey pads on him and put him on the penalty kill or something,” Sharp said.
Said Kane: “I was surprised. Sometimes you think differently of basketball players. But being that up close and personal, they take a beating. Especially [James], when he comes in the lane, he’s getting whacked every time, whether it’s in the head, or you saw Kirk tackle him last night. He takes a beating, for sure.”
Sharp — a regular at Bulls games — said it was as intense as any game he’s attended, including playoff games. The Hawks hope to duplicate that atmosphere Friday night when the second-place Ducks visit the United Center for a rematch of last Wednesday’s intense 4-2 loss in Anaheim.
“Exactly like the Bulls did last night,” Kane said. “Get out to an early lead and use the crowd to our advantage and get the place rocking.”
— Patrick Kane (@88PKane) March 28, 2013
— Brandon Faber (@FaberBrandon) March 28, 2013
Hey Chicago Blackhawks, u guys are AWESOME!! #streaking
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 7, 2013