Some big names in the sports world have chimed on who would win between LeBron James and Malcolm Gladwell if the two were to race one mile.
The challenge stemmed from a Citius Mag article that examined whether LeBron James would be able to break five minutes for the mile (1,609m). Last week, James, a four-time NBA MVP, posted a video to Instagram showing off his speed and endurance on the basketball court. (Read more about the public call-out here.)
Then, Malcolm Gladwell tweeted out “I’m dead serious. One mile. Anywhere. Anytime. Me vs LeBron. All proceeds to charity.” Sports Illustrated then created a Twitter poll asking who would win between the two. More than 19,000 people cast an opinion with Gladwell narrowly coming out on top.
— Malcolm Gladwell (@Gladwell) August 23, 2017
James has yet to respond.
See below for what some sports figures think in regards to the hypothetical head-to-head.
Bill Simmons, American sports columnist, CEO of The Ringer
I am loading up on Gladwell https://t.co/ha5Aq3LUqO
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 25, 2017
Bill Gurley, venture capitalist
— Bill Gurley (@bgurley) August 25, 2017
Online sports betting company
Bovada is now taking action on the Gladwell vs. LeBron one-mile race.
LeBron James -150
Malcolm Gladwell +110https://t.co/PEerp4NPK6
— CITIUS MAG (@CitiusMag) August 25, 2017
The general public
Results are in from the @SInow poll!
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) August 24, 2017
Ian Desmond, Major League Baseball outfielder with the Colorado Rockies
Who would bet against Gladwell? Most likely knows something none of us do.
— Ian Desmond (@IDesmond20) August 23, 2017
Matt Hasselback, former National Football League quarterback
Matt Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl.
— CITIUS MAG (@CitiusMag) August 24, 2017