LeBron James summed up in one quote tonight why so many people have lost interest in the NBA. After losing to the Nets, James was asked why he was so upbeat in the post-game interview. His response:
“At the end of the day, it’s just basketball for me.”
The Nets forced game six in the series, back in New Jersey on Saturday, with a thrilling (that’s sarcasm) 83–72 win in Cleveland. This is now playoff basketball folks, you've got the Warriors, who were eliminated last night, basically having mental breakdowns on the court because they want to win so bad. You’ve got Robert Horry handing the series to the Spurs by taking a cheap shot at Steve Nash and then you've got the Nets and the Cavs. Tonight, they combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter. You've got the most endorsed player in the league saying that he's got more important things to worry about, and you've got Vince Carter scoring 11 points in a do-or-die game for the Nets. Thank God Jason Kidd actually cares about this series.
Here's the full quote from James, just so it doesn't seem like I'm taking anything out of context: "Well, I should feel upbeat. I mean, we're still up 3-2. You know, uhh, there's no reason for me to be down on what's going on now. You know, at the end of the day, it's just basketball for me."
Can you picture Michael Jordan ever saying something like that after a loss? LeBron James is officially the a-hole of the day.