In the days of sports, we've seen a lot of characters.
Clinton Portis dressing up in pre-game interviews, Tim Duncan's patent flannel button-up in post-game interviews, Mike Tyson threatening to eat peoples children. But this past weekend, I heard something new from one of the NBAs most down-to-earth, modest players, Lebron James. Now I don't see every interview of every game, especially during the regular season. So, my apology if this isn't new.
Example 1: After Game 5. "A Lebron James team is never desperate." Simple, but yet still in third person. Heck, I didn't even hear the question, cuz that's not the part ESPN kept playing, but it was definitely a moment of "eh?" for me and my group of buddies watching SportsCenter.
Example 2: After Game 7. "People came to watch Paul Pierce and Lebron James." ...And Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, and the 1-dimensional Cavs, and the struggling NBA regular season champs. I think Lebron forgot the latter 4, but he did refer to himself in third person again.
Is this something we should expect from "the" Lebron James in the future? Will he truly be a "Dominique-esque" player and never win a champions, and only fill our highlights screen, and not the books of NBA history? Or will he truly back up his "A Lebron James team is never desperate" and lead the Cavs (or the Nets, the Knicks) to a Championship one day?
Time will tell. But if you ask the King, he'll probably say, "Lebron James isn't worried, Lebron James is good."