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."