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LeBron James defends Tim Tebow after Merril Hoge's criticism

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Thumbnail image for tim tebow.JPGIn Denver they're dealing with a unique quarterback controversy.

Last year's starter, Kyle Orton, had a pretty solid year considering he was on a 4-12 team. But the guy he's competing against, well, is Tim Tebow. And Tebow has a certain je ne sais quoi that has endeared him to some and caused him to be reviled by others.

The weird situation is known simply as "The Tebow Thing." And it is very real. You can read about it in today's Sun-Times, in fact.

ESPN analyst Merril Hoge made it known in no certain terms which quarterback he believes should be handed the Broncos' reins.

Spolier alert: it's not Tebow.

"He is awful as far as accuracy goes and what's kind of even more disturbing, he's probably worse moving and running around with the football and throwing than he is from the pocket," Hoge said while discussing Tebow on "SportsCenter."

He piled on later, tweeting, "Sitting watching tape off bronco offense from last year! Orton or Tebow? It's embarrassing to think the broncos could win with tebow!!"

Tebow responded on with his own pithy tweet.

"Hey Merrill...... 'ppreciate that," he microblogged, breaking a nine-day stretch of Twitter darkness.

It didn't there, of course.

LeBron James decided to jump into the fray.

"Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL," James tweeted. "He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice."

"Listened to Merril Hoge today on SC and he was just blasting Tebow," he continued. "The man hasn't even play a full season and its only his 2nd yr in. Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!"

Not sure why, exactly, James is getting involved in this, but I bet Tebow is happy another public lightning rod has his back.

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Is LeBron bored or could there be some kind of man-crush on Tebow that we're not aware of.Best I can say on LeBron and Tebow is who cares.

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