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LA Galaxy Zlatan Ibrahimovic praises fellow LA star LeBron James

LA Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic thinks he and LeBron James have a lot in common.

In an interview with ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption," Ibrahimovic said he moves "like a small ninja" just like James, and that he could match up to the NBA star in a game of "basket."

"I think of course I will see him play basket. I don't know if he's interested in soccer, even though soccer is bigger than a basket with all the respect for the basket. Of course, I will see him. I think him as an athlete is amazing and what he is doing the way he is doing it — because I see myself also being so big and move like a small ninja, what he does also — I find it fancy, and that inspires a lot of people.

Even though he is a soccer player, Zlatan stands at 6 feet, 5 inches, and continues the interview by saying: "I did a lot of sports. Everything with the ball, I'm phenomenal so if I play basket, I could play with LeBron without a problem."

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