Do I know why the professional hockey coach that most commonly finds himself bothered to the point of incessant bitching by unnecessary, stupid questions decided to tackle one of the most unnecessary, stupid questions that could possibly be asked of a professional hockey coach? I can't say that I do. In fact, I'm flat out stunned that the answer to this 'First Take'-esque inquiry wasn't just a rousing round of expletives that would require all-caps and bold font to be accurately portrayed in print. Honestly, I was almost certain that John Tortorella didn't have the luxury of owning a right side of the bed, but it's pretty clear that he woke on it yesterday morning. After all, he invited a black guy to come play without specifically outlining the ramifications of not standing for the National Anthem prior to doing so.
More importantly, he isn't wrong. Of course LeBron James couldn't play hockey. He's a football player...remember?
Forget about his lack of skating ability. We are talking about a 260 pound man who is physically unflappable when he takes time away from his true day job to dominate the NBA as a hobby. To put a man that absorbs contact as well as LeBron on ice would be putting the entirety of the NHL at risk. I hope he doesn't follow through on this random, nonsensical challenge simply because I can't imagine the type of damage he would do to any and all comers after surviving a brush with certain death when Draymond Green went out of his way to lightly bump him at mid-court. If he can get up from that then I can't imagine the type of devastating blows he would deliver in a sport in which he was encouraged to hit. LeBron can't play hockey because he's simply too tough to play hockey, not because he's likely never made it more than an arm's length away from boards with a pair of skates on. Why would a lack of familiarity and reps stop him when he made it as a football player without playing a single down since high school?!