LeBron James, the greatest basketball player in the world, correctly stated that he was the greatest basketball player in the world after his Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
"I feel confident [despite being down 3-2 in the series] because I'm the best player in the world," James said Sunday. "It's that simple."
James was responding to a question about the team’s plethora of injuries and whether they have changed his mentality in the finals:
You seem to be playing a lot more comfortable this finals series. There was a play I think you had a behind-the-back layup where you went up, and you are making crazy threes. Do you feel a lot less pressure this finals run just because you are undermanned and you had some injuries as opposed to previous years?
After the exchange, LeBron was then asked: “But in regards to pressure with the games played, do you feel as if this finals team is a little less…”
“No, it's the finals,” James said. “Something you dream of when you’re a kid. And for me, I put the work in. I put the work in every single day, either when you guys are there, or when you guys are not there. Some of our beat writers see me, they know how much work I put into it."
“And I give everything to my teammates,” he added. “And you're true to the game, does not matter if it is a regular season game or a finals game. You just go out and trust what you put into the game, and you live with the results. So, it shouldn't not be crazy when i make threes, though. It is just a shot.”
James has averaged 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists through the first five games of the NBA Finals. There’s chatter he’s played so overwhelmingly well that he should win the Finals MVP trophy even if his team loses, which has only happened once before. (It’s not just the finals either. LeBron averaged 30.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 9.3 assists in the conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks.)
Stephen Curry was deserving of the MVP this year, but at full strength, there’s still no question about it: LeBron James is the best player in the world.
Since 1985, players with 35/11/11 in playoffs: LeBron (2009), LeBron (2010), LeBron (2015), LeBron (2015), LeBron (2015).
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 15, 2015
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