In not-so-shocking news, it seems Klay Thompson and LeBron James aren’t on the same page when it comes to who the best player in the world is.
Following a heartbreaking loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a confident James took to the podium to discuss the Cavaliers’ approach heading into what wound up being their last game of the season.
“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world,” James said. “It’s simple.”
It really is, because despite losing his fourth Finals in six attempts, there’s no denying James still holds the crown for the best player in the world. After losing both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to injuries, he carried a band of misfits (remember Matthew Dellavedova?) to two wins on basketball’s biggest stage, posting eye-popping averages of 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per contest along the way.
However, those gaudy numbers didn’t stop Thompson from taking a not-so-subtle jab at James after the Warriors notched their first NBA title in 40 years. Sitting next to fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry at the postgame presser, Thompson made it clear who he’s siding with in the best-player-in-the-world discussion.
“It just feels good to say, you know, we’re the best team in the world with the best player in the world – this man sitting to my right” Thompson said, pointing to Curry.
Oh snap. Take that, LeBron!
On the other hand, Finals MVP Andre Iguodala respectfully disagrees with his sharpshooting teammate. It’s almost like having to guard James one-on-one for six games will make you appreciate his transcendent talent just a tad more.