LeBron James says he took no offense to Kyle Lowry’s supposed slight
LeBron James had no intention of fanning the flames of a potential war of words or providing any so-called bulletin board material when asked to react to a supposed slight sent his way courtesy of Kyle Lowry ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ showdown with the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, which begins Tuesday night at The Q Arena.
Lowry seemingly delivered a potshot at James’ expense when asked after the Raptors eliminated the Miami Heat in Game 7 of their semifinal series his opinion of the team’s upcoming opponent.
Essentially, Lowry called James “one of the best players in the league, besides Steph Curry.”
Kyle Lowry on LeBron James: “One of the best players in the league besides Steph.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 16, 2016
Shots taken. Maybe.
Either way, James nodded in affirmation on Monday that he had heard what Lowry had to say, but when asked for a reaction and whether he was offended, he stated, “None taken,” evidently with a growl, according to cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.
Instead of igniting a war of words, however, James complimented Lowry, calling him one of the top four point guards in the Association, adding, “Toronto is here for a reason.”
For James’ endorsement of Lowry not to ring somewhat hollow, the Raptors point man has improve his shooting, as he has struggled throughout the postseason, going only 37 percent from the field and 28 percent from the three-point line.
Lowry has enjoyed the support of his teammates — to a certain extent — and seemed to be breaking out his slump in recent games, highlighted by 35-point night on 55 percent shooting in Toronto’s series-clinching win Sunday over Miami, his best night since Game 3 (58 percent, 33 points).
This entire scene of course plays out amid the backdrop of James seemingly questioning Curry’s MVP credentials. While saying the Warriors sharpshooter “definitely deserved” to win the award this season, James called into question the true meaning of “valuable.”
Curry later blew off James’ remarks, much in the same way the Cavs superstar is more or less ignoring what Lowry had to say.