LeBron James hopeful Johnny Manziel can help the Browns

LeBron James wasn't happy with the Cowboys' not drafting Johnny Manziel. (USATSI)
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LeBron James spoke to reports Saturday before the Heat's game against the Nets and talked about the Cleveland Browns drafting Johnny Manziel. James was spotted in a Browns Manziel jersey Friday after Nike hooked him up with it. 

While Johnny Manziel got this jersey on Thursday, LeBron James of the Miami Heat got his authentic Manziel No. 2 jersey on Friday.

James said he hopes Manziel can bring success to long-suffering Browns fans.

"After I saw he didn't go to Dallas, I figured he'd go to Cleveland," James said. "He's a smart kid and he relishes the opportunity to hopeful bring some great moments back to Cleveland as far as the football team."

After signing with James and business partner Maverick Carter, Manziel appeared in a McDonald's commercial with James and signed a shoe deal with Nike. In the two days since he was picked by the Browns with the No. 22 pick in the first round, James said he has talked to Manziel several times and Carter accompanied him to Cleveland for his introductory press conference on Friday.

James believes Manziel will have a chance to win the starting quarterback job.

"It's exciting, he's going to get the opportunity to compete for the starting job so it's exciting for us, our family and his family," James said "He's been in pressure situations for a long time, that shouldn't change now because he's starting his NFL [career]."

"It's possible [he needs some receivers]," James said. "We're waiting for the [Gordon] ruling, we'll see what happens with that."

"He's ready to get to work," James said. "A lot of teams passed up on him, but whatever team picked him he was ready to make an impact."

via LeBron James gets one of first Johnny Manziel jerseys - ESPN.

James has developed a relationship with Manziel, signing him to sponsorship deals through his company LRMR, and offering the youngster advice throughout his turbulent final season at Texas A&M. 

James was said to be "not happy" his favorite team, the Cowboys passed on Manziel

James keeps finding more and more people he has connections with in Cleveland. He's close with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson of the Cavaliers as well. While he's a Cowboys fan, he's also supportive of both the Browns and the Ohio State Buckeyes, often appearing on the sidelines of games. He was a wide receiver in high school before becoming the best basketball player on the planet. 

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