LeBron James couldn’t care less about Cavs being tabbed title favorites
The Cleveland Cavaliers have run roughshod over their competition so far this postseason, going 9-0. The level of dominance displayed in two series sweeps and a blowout victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals have prompted many experts and analysts to anoint the Cavaliers as the current favorites to win the NBA title, supplanting the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
LeBron James, as focused on the task at hand as ever, blew off the notion that the Cavs are title favorites. In fact, he couldn’t care less about such proclamations and platitudes.
“I’m probably the wrong guy to ask that question,” James said after shootaround before Thursday’s Game 2, via cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “That absolutely means nothing to me, what everybody is saying. I get my guys ready to prepare for Game 2. We understand how important it is tonight, and if they can come in and get a win then they’d feel great going back home.”
James, perhaps more so than ever in his career, seems to be keenly aware of the subtle things that can distract a team. Essentially everything he says publicly since the playoffs began indicates he’s committed to leading his troops and keeping their collective eyes on the prize.
The pressure to bring a championship to Cleveland clearly weighs heavily on the James’ shoulders, especially after last year’s NBA Finals ended in disappointment, albeit with the Cavs severely hamstrung with a depleted roster.
But now that the Cavaliers are healthy and rolling, James isn’t about to allow any outside distractions deter his quest for a championship. And he isn’t about to allow a Cleveland Cavaliers love fest negatively impact the team.
James said earlier this week that the Cavaliers will undoubtedly face adversity at some point this postseason. He added the team doesn’t need to lose to experience it.
“No, I don’t think we have to lose,” James said, via cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes. “We don’t want to lose. That’s not what we’re here to do…”
Comments like that obviously should serve as an ominous warning for the Raptors.