LeBron nearly takes out Belichick in courtside collision

In the end, it was LeBron James of all people who nearly ended the Patriots' dynasty.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar nearly plowed over Bill Belichick during the Cavs' 103-99 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday night in Boston.

James lost his balance after attempting a putback of a Derrick Williams miss midway through the fourth quarter. James was able to slow his momentum before any serious collision could occur. LeBron safe. Dynasty safe.

"That's why I slowed up," James said after the game, per ESPN.com. "I definitely slowed up because I knew it was him. I'm not taking no legend out. I'm not doing that. I need to keep seeing him win. That's pretty cool for me."

James is a self-professed Cowboys fan, so we're not sure why he needs to "keep seeing" Belichick hoist Lombardi Trophies. That said, you get it: LeBron (three rings) clearly has a huge amount of respect for Belichick (five rings) and doesn't want to mortally wound a 64-year-old gridiron legend.

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas also made a point to introduce himself to Belichick during a TV timeout.

"I just wanted to shake his hand," said Thomas. "And show my respect."

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