LeBron James Headbandgate Update: He intends to wear it for Game 7
According to the man himself, LeBron James will be wearing his traditional headband when he takes the AmericanAirlines Arena floor on Thursday night for the Game 7 NBA Finals showdown with the San Antonio Spurs. This has been your LeBron James Headbandgate update.
Wait, are we still doing that thing where we add “-gate” to anything to somehow make the story seem more legitimate and interesting? We are? Great.
Moving on, the speculation that LeBron may not wear his headband, which pretty much has been a part of his on-court ensemble his entire NBA career, stems from how well LeBron played sans-headband in Game 6.
After the headband came off during a putback dunk with about nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, King James notched fourteen points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal. Pretty gaudy numbers. But then again, James did have a triple double for the game (32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds), so it wasn’t like he was having a terrible game before he and his headband were separated.
Still, many have been wondering: Would LeBron strap on the headgear and bask in its comforting forehead embrace?
To put a nation’s fears to rest that and to calm those who have been riveted by the possibility he would not, James let everyone know that, yes, he would be wearing it.
“I’ll probably start off with it, man,” James said. “A little superstitious. If it gets knocked off, then me and him [the headband] will have a discussion if he will return.”
So, LeBron engages in discussions with his headband? That’s not weird at all.
While the discussion aspect of the quote undoubtedly was a joke, James was asked if he could recall the last time he hadn’t sported a headband on the court.
“My rookie year preseason,” LeBron said. “I think we were in Detroit in my rookie year. I didn’t play too well. I didn’t like it.”
Teammate Dwyane Wade recalled the last time he remembered LeBron sans headband and how he felt it changed how James played.
“I’ve never seen him play without his headband that long, since his rookie year,” Wade said. “He got very aggressive. He really got to the paint and he was going to give everything that he had, and he did. He had an unbelievable fourth quarter for us.”
So, headband it is! LeBron James is like the Mark Knopfler of NBA players, in that he gets his money for nothing and his chicks for free.
No, I’m talking about the ever-present headband, of course. And it’s not like any of you youngsters had any idea who Mark Knopfler was in the first place anyway.