Playing alongside LeBron James is the gift that keeps on giving.
On Monday, Cleveland.com reported that LeBron gifted brand new Apple Watches to all of his teammates in a pre-Finals meeting last week at the team's hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Not only does LeBron selflessly create scoring and playmaking opportunities for his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates, but like any good king, he also likes to share his off-the-court wealth when he wants to motivate his men.
"I've been fortunate enough to work with some great partners and whatever I get, I like to share with my teammates," James told Cleveland.com. "It's just my way of showing them that I care. That's it. It's not the first time and it won't be the last time."
LeBron called the team meeting in a private hotel lounge on the eve of Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. He spoke seriously and earnestly about their tough matchup against the Warriors, the NBA's best team in the regular season, before bringing in food, music and even barbers for players to get haircuts.
"I don't know how he does it, but every day it's something different," shooting guard J.R. Smith said, before laughing. "Watches, sneakers, Beats [headphones], hoodies, book bags. Man, I can't wait to come back next year. I want to see what we're getting next year."
Smith can expect more Apple and Beats products from LeBron going forward. In 2008, LeBron invested in Dr. Dre's startup headphone company, which was bought by Apple last May for $1 billion. According to ESPN, LeBron netted a $30 million profit on his initial investment after the sale was completed.
The gifts should get only more creative and extravagant too. In February 2014, on a whim, LeBron had custom WWE title belts made for his Miami Heat teammates, the then defending champions.
Should LeBron complete his homecoming and propel the injured Cavaliers to Cleveland's first major American sports championship since 1964, perhaps a round of $60,000 watches -- like the one he gave to Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho in March -- will be in order?
Apple Watches in hand, LeBron and the Cavaliers travel back to Cleveland today in advance of Wednesday night's Game 3 clash. The series is tied at 1-1.
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