LeBron James mentions, won’t divulge ‘other motivation’ for winning Finals
LeBron James strapped the injury-depleted Cleveland Cavaliers to his back and led the team to an arguably series-saving 95-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals to even the series at one game apiece. He played over 50 minutes in the game and scored a game-high 39 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out 11 assists for yet another postseason triple-double.
James, like all great competitors — or most players, for that matter — obviously is motivated by the prospect of being part of a team that wins a title. But the two-time NBA champ cryptically noted that he has some kind of “other motivation” for winning it all this year, although he refused to elaborate on it.
Discussing Tuesday’s Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena, James said he didn’t need “any extra motivation” to drive him to will the Cavaliers to an NBA title while hinting at how his team was essentially counted out of the series after losing Kyrie Irving to injury.
“I don’t need any extra motivation,” James said Sunday, per Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Joe Varndon. “I think our guys love it. Our guys love the fact that we’ve been counted out and come into the series being an underdog. They’re pretty much saying that especially after Kyrie got hurt and the series was over.
“… My motivation is to make sure my guys are ready and prepared every night we step on the floor. And I have some other motivation that I won’t talk about right now, but I have so many different things to worry about than being an underdog or guys counting us out.”
There are plenty of obvious reasons why James hungers for another championship, but whatever this so-called secret motivation is, it’s apparently working. James is averaging 41.5 points, 12 rebounds, and 8.5 assists through the first two games of the Finals. Odds are good the Cavs will require three more heroic performances out of him if he is going to deliver a title to the championship-starved city of Cleveland.
James noted that if he can in fact accomplish that formidable feat, he’ll let everyone know what the motivation was, saying, “I hope we win so I can tell y’all.”