LeBron James has been incredible through the first two games of these NBA Finals, even for him.
After going for 44 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Game 1, James followed that up with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the Game 2 victory, while playing an incredible 50:20 of a possible 53 minutes.
There are many motivating factors for him to lead his team to a title which seem to be obvious. James is trying to cement his legacy as one of the greatest to ever play this game, and rings are certainly relevant in any of those arguments.
There’s the whole Cleveland angle, the fact that James returned home specifically to bring the city its first major professional sports championship of the modern era.
And evidently, there’s something else.
After saying that he didn’t “need any extra motivation,” James hinted at secret factors that are driving him after the Cleveland Cavaliers tied the best-of-seven series against the Golden State Warriors at one game apiece with a 95-93 overtime victory Sunday night.
“My motivation is to make sure my guys are ready and prepared every night we step on the floor,” James said. “And I have some other motivation that I won’t talk about right now, but I have so many different things to worry about than being an underdog or guys counting us out.” …
So what could it be?
“I hope we win so I can tell y’all,” the two-time Finals MVP said when pressed by reporters.
Stephen Curry won the MVP award this year, even though James is widely-regarded as the game’s best player, so maybe that’s it. James wouldn’t want to discuss something like that at this stage while going up against Curry, for fear of slighting him in some way that could potentially become a distraction.
James reportedly left Miami while being on less than great terms with Pat Riley, so maybe he was challenged by something Riley said.
But my guess is that it’s something far less silly that’s driving him, which must be more meaningful and personal than either of those options.
Perhaps we’ll find out, if LeBron and the Cavaliers can find a way to win the series.