During today’s press availability before LeBron James was asked to discuss the viral clip of him appearing frustrated and defeated on the Cavs bench immediately following the catastrophic ending to regulation in Game 1. He was specifically asked to address criticism that he failed to pick up his teammates for overtime and seemed to check out.
LeBron laughed off the criticism, saying he wasn’t aware of the clip since he isn’t on social media. He then dropped what some will view as an eyebrow raising soundbite in response to the insinuation that he didn’t do enough to pick up his team’s spirits for the OT, saying, “We’re in the NBA Finals. How much more picking up of teammates do you want me to do?”
Game 3 isn’t until tomorrow, and you can bet this quote will be discussed everywhere until tip off. It doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement for his supporting cast.
LeBron: “How much more picking up of teammates do you want me to do?” pic.twitter.com/5qlkOQUCT6
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