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LeBron James annoyed by media’s Game 6 ‘blackout’ questions


LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face elimination from the NBA Finals on Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. And James made it abundantly clear he had no interest in discussing a planned “blackout” for Game 6 at the Cavaliers’ home arena.

Cavs fans attending Thursday night’s must-win match-up will be given a t-shirt to create a “blackout” in an attempt to “Defend The Land,” per a report.


The shirts commemorate the sleeved jerseys the Cavaliers wore during their 112-97 Game 5 victory that got the squad one game closer to becoming the first NBA team to recover from a 3-1 Finals deficit.

But the Cavaliers of course have to win Game 6 first to force a Game 7 back on the Warriors’ home court, so James couldn’t care less about the scheduled “blackout,” much less feel inclined to discuss it at any length.

“That’s a game ops thing, that’s not my job. I don’t, that don’t matter,” he said.

When asked if he thought it would be a cool look to see Cavs fans orchestrate a blackout, James indicated he was done talking about it.

“We’ll see once we walk (out), as long as everyone wear them, then it will be a cool look,” he said. “But that’s, I mean, listen, I’ve got a lot to worry about than some damn t-shirts goin’ around the arena. I’m trying to be calm here. You guys trying to raise my blood pressure over some t-shirts.”

It’s understandable that James didn’t feel inclined to talk about planned t-shirt blackouts, preferring instead commit all his focus to going out and winning Game 6. But anything that can help Cavaliers fans to create a hostile environment for the Warriors obviously won’t hurt, either.

(shirt image via Cavaliers)