NBA 2016 champion ready to take part in the filming of tv series about “King”
Lakers leader LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to become the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Finals with three different teams. Previously, it was possible to do this with Miami (2012, 2013) and Cleveland (2016). Four years ago, LeBron’s lead helped pave the way for Russian center Timofey Mozgov, who played a season and a half with the Kings and then signed an excellent contract with the Lakers ($64 million in four years). In an interview with CE, the 2015-16 NBA champion explained why the Lakers’ title, won in a bubble, should be considered complete. He also predicted how long LeBron would dominate the NBA and noted the progress of Miami center Bam Adebayo.
I texted LeBron, but I haven’t got a response yet.
– In the final series, were you rooting for the Lakers? Are there fond memories of the club?
“I’ve only spent one season with the Lakers, so I’m not saying I died for them in the final series, but I supported the club from Los Angeles.
Did you follow the series closely? How many matches have you seen in its entirety?
Not a single one. Honestly, I’m not ready to wake up at 3-4 o’clock in the morning to watch games. If I had nothing to do, I’d love to see it. And so every morning I have the training, it is necessary to observe the regime. Limited to highlights.
LeBron James took his fourth championship title in 35 years. Congratulated him on this success?
“I texted LeBron, but I haven’t got a response yet. I don’t think he’s up to me right now. Relaxing with a cigar. I called my mother and my wife. He doesn’t need anyone else in the near future.
– Do you agree that LeBron has added to the defense this year?
– It is difficult for me to draw such a conclusion, given that I did not watch the matches in its entirety.
– Do you think his haters, who ruthlessly criticized James for last season (despite a serious injury), are confounded?
“To be honest, I don’t think of such categories at all. Someone criticizes LeBron in social networks and comments, this is nothing new. He proves everything on the court.
How old do you feel about a man like LeBron being able to dominate the NBA?
“It’s a similar story with San Antonio. Everyone thought that the great trio of Spurs – Duncan-Parker-Ginobili – at some point “blown away”. They said they were old, but the Club from Texas dominated the NBA for another five years. There was a lot of talk about LeBron, too, that after 30 his stats and influence on the team’s result would drop. But he’s 35, and he’s destroying everyone on the floor. I think for another three years he will definitely dominate the NBA. After all, such people are motivated by motivation. So as long as he’s motivated, James will continue to play at space level.
” If James is to be filmed as “The Last Dance” about Jordan, would they agree to participate in the filming?
“Of course, if I am asked, someone will need me, I will definitely participate. Why not? But I think that such a series about LeBron will not appear until ten years. After all, Jordan had long since finished his career, and “The Last Dance” came out only in 2020.
The fact that the NBA managed to finish the season in a bubble and virtually prevent cases of coronavirus infection underlines the strength of the organization?
Of course, it speaks first of all, speaks about the strength of the league. They have invested a lot of energy and money in this bubble. I am sure that many will say that this is not such a season as usual, not a real championship. But I wouldn’t distinguish the Lakers’ title in 2020 from the trophies of other winning teams. Perhaps this victory was even harder than usual. After all, no one has ever played in such conditions.