Even LeBron James and Cavaliers ready for NFL draft

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Even the Cleveland Cavaliers had football fever on draft day.

After practice ended Thursday, the Cavs, who are waiting to see who they’ll play in the second round of the NBA playoffs, hurled footballs across the courts at their indoor training facility.

LeBron James, an All-Ohio wide receiver in high school and die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, hauled in several long passes from guard J.R. Smith, who showed that his long-range accuracy extends beyond the 3-point line. Point guard Kyrie Irving also joined in, showing a nice five-step drop before whistling a pass to Smith.

Center Kevin Love was asked to assess his teammates’ football skills and rank them as if he owned the No. 1 overall pick.

“It’s tough because if I was starting a team, I would probably say J.R.,” the big man said. “But then we got an All-Pro wide receiver out there too in 23 (James). So, it’s tough to say.”

-Sports Writer Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland