LeBron, when asked about defending home court: “Are you a smart guy? If we don’t defend home court, what happens?”
American basketball player LeBron James appeared devastated after Sunday’s NBA Finals [Game 2] loss to the Warriors, but The Hero says he’s doing just fine.
The Golden State Warriors won 132-113 in Game 2, and now have a 2-0 series lead ahead of Wednesday’s match.
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Having to lose a match after scoring 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, was truly heartbreaking and enough to drag any player into a less-than-stellar mood.
If you’ve ever reached a point where your achievements don’t impress many, then you’d definitely understand why James chose to skip the podium rituals. As ESPN’s Brian Windhorst wrote on Twitter, “he hates to wait” after games — not just because his team lost — although critics say otherwise.
Dave DeNatale of 3WKYC explained further that he [James] is now “tied with Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history,” and the theory argues that he had no words to say at the podium.
The reporter explained that his co-worker and namesake Dave Chudowsky had the grace to be among a group of reporters who had access to The King in his Cavaliers locker room.
‘Chud asked why LBJ, a “podium guy,” was choosing not to speak there [at the podium],” Dave wrote.
‘There’s a reason,’ he told the reporter.
‘Do you want to share?’ Chud pressed further before LeBron responded, ‘No. It has nothing to do with wins and losses though.’
While the Cavaliers are hopeful for a successful Game 3 in Cleveland, James was asked about defending his home court on Wednesday night and he didn’t see that question as an intelligent one.
“Are you a smart guy?” he questioned the reporter. “If we don’t defend home court, what happens?”
Winning, for the Cavaliers, will definitely come from teamwork considering how Warriors rendered his amazing solo efforts painfully worthless.
Nonetheless, The Hero isn’t thinking about his losses right now because he sure knows how to unwind.
“No, I’m good,” James said after a reporter asked if he needed an IV or any other additional treatment to calm his nerves after the disappointing game. “I just need some food and some wine and I’ll be all right.”
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