LeBron James: "I feel confident because I'm the best player in the world"
There are plenty of things about LeBron James that annoy me. I hate the way his off-hand is allowed to push defenders all over the court when he has the ball. I hate the way he is allowed to foul and not be whistled for it. I hate the way he is allowed to travel with no repercussions (ok, maybe he's not alone on this one).
I hate that while getting away with more than anyone in the league, he ceases to stop complaining if one tiny thing doesn't go his way. I hate that he is one of the strongest players in the league, yet his incessant flopping would lead you to believe that him being grazed by a human has a tranquilizer dart-like effect on his body and limbs.
These things annoy me to such an unreasonable level because of one specific thing: LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world.
So when LeBron was asked after Game 5 if he feels less pressure because his team is undermanned, and for some reason his response turned into "I feel confident because I'm the best player in the world", I can't even dispute that. I can laugh about the serious face he made (which I'm not sure if it was used to try to convince us or him that his statement was true), or the fact that no matter what he says he always seems to be acting rather than being genuine. Bottom line though is his statement is true.
Sure there are better shooters, better ball handlers, and more aesthetically pleasing players to watch. None of them are as effective and game changing as LeBron. He is a force. He does EVERYTHING. The man is a walking triple-double. There are few people who find him more annoying than me, but if you can't give it up to him then I don't know what to tell you.
James is AVERAGING 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the NBA Finals so far. He has pulled a team, that without him is worse than our Celtics, to at minimum a Game 6, and probably a Game 7 in the NBA Finals. Regardless of how it turns out, all of us haters have to admit it.
LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world at this moment, and the margin is pretty wide.