Following his 46-point efficiency vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James mentioned he had some further motivation in opposition to his former staff.
CLEVELAND — Editor’s notice: the video within the participant above is from Jan. 19, 2021.
Because the third quarter of Monday evening’s matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers close to its finish, LeBron James dribbled down the court docket following a Kyle Kuzma rebound and hoisted a 14-foot bounce shot.
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James’ miss meant his Lakers would enter the fourth quarter trailing his former staff by a rating of 89-87. However earlier than heading again to the Los Angeles bench, the four-time MVP stared within the route of somebody sitting courtside at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse earlier than nodding as if to say “OK, we’ll see.”
The remaining, as they are saying, was historical past. James went on to solely outscore the Cavs 21-19 within the fourth quarter, totaling 46 factors in a 115-108 Lakers victory.
After the sport, the Akron native was requested about his change on the finish of the third quarter. And in answering, he revealed that he had been watching a member of the Cavs entrance workplace who he felt took a little bit bit an excessive amount of pleasure in seeing him miss his 14-foot try.
“It was any person I do know, for certain. I felt like he was just a bit bit too enthusiastic about seeing me miss,” James mentioned throughout his postgame Zoom name with reporters.
“He is part of the entrance workplace group. He was actually enthusiastic about me lacking that shot — a little bit bit extra further than I might have preferred. However he is obtained to root for his staff, clearly. And he showcased that.”
Whereas James declined to call the person he had the change with, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that it was the Cavs’ basketball chief of workers Jason Hillman who drew the four-time NBA champion’s ire. And though James has proven loads of instances earlier than that he is able to wonderful performances at any second, that did not cease him from hinting that the interplay helped add some gasoline to his hearth whereas going through his former staff.
“I knew I had one other quarter,” James mentioned. “And the fourth quarter’s my favourite.”