updated 08/16/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/16/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
On each leg of his summer tour of Asia with Nike, LeBron James has been greeted by a frenzy of camera-toting fans. But when the 6-ft., 8-in. basketball star kicked back with a panda cub at the Chengdu Panda Reserve, he was the one doing the admiring.
“Relaxing and holding down the pandas!” said James, who shared a photo of his panda cuddle on Twitter Sunday.