LeBron has rightfully been exalted for the chase-down play, an incredible feat of athleticism and timing on the biggest stage.
But LeBron is sharing the credit with J.R. Smith.
LeBron, via the Open Run podcast:
I always tell J.R. and Shump and Kyrie and all our guards, if you see me running, if you can just make the offensive player just change his momentum just a little bit, it’ll give me enough time to track it. It’ll give me enough time to track it down.
Buy me a second. If you look at the play, J.R. swung over top, and Iguodala had to scrunch just a little bit instead of going up and jamming. And he had to scrunch just a little bit, and that gave me the split second to either – and I was ready.
In related news: Smith – who shares an agent, Rich Paul, with LeBron – remains a free agent.