LeBron James won’t call Cavaliers underdog (or ‘overdog’) against Warriors

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The Warriors are favored to beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

LeBron James, via Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

“Not my concern,” he said. “I don’t get involved in all of that – underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It’s stupidity.”

Before last year’s Eastern Conference finals, LeBron said “I would never be an underdog.” And he’s right. It’s not fair, but he’s right.

LeBron is the only player in the league who will face more criticism for losing in the Finals – against a 73-9 team, no less – than missing the Finals entirely. We can all acknowledge that the Cavs are underdogs, but if they lose, there will be no end of hot takes slamming LeBron for again failing in the Finals.

So, I don’t blame LeBron for refusing to embrace the underdog role that many would in this situation. It’s not as if he’ll be treated that way, anyway.