Why Doesn’t Texas Have a LeBron-Level Sports Star?

When you think of the biggest names in sports, Texas players may not immediately jump to mind.

By Rhonda Fanning & Laura RiceJune 20, 2016 11:42 am

Did you catch that NBA finals game last night? It was one for the basketball history books – for a couple of record-setting reasons. But really the win was all about LeBron James.

The Ohio native came back to the Cavaliers with the specific goal of bringing a championship to Cleveland, and he did it. He’s the city’s hero, the state’s hero – they call him King James.

In Texas, can you think of a similar home-state hero who has reached such heights? Michael Cramer, executive director of the Texas Program in Sports and Media at the University of Texas at Austin, says that sports legends come and go.

“In Texas, we’ve had our share of heroes and we will have more than our share of heroes going forward,” Cramer says, “but it’s very cyclical.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Who in Texas can be considered sports icons

– Why Texas teams are so well-known

– Why the emphasis may shift away from a single stand-out player to a legendary team