If it wasn't clear before, it's clear now — LeBron James is straight trolling the Golden State Warriors.
After shading the "valuable" part of Stephen Curry's MVP award earlier in the week, King James feels like another NBA coach was deserving of Coach of the Year honors, instead of the Warriors' Steve Kerr.
"I think [Portland Trail Blazers coach] Terry Stotts should have been or could have been Coach of the Year," James told the press after his Cleveland Cavaliers practiced Thursday, as reported by Yahoo Sports. "I can't remember the last time that I've seen a team lose four starters and still be in the same position as far as the post-season success they had."
Peep his comments at the 2:26 mark of this video.
Yes, Stotts guided an overachieving Trail Blazers to a 44-win season, despite having lost four key players from the previous year. They also defeated a hobbled Los Angeles Clippers' squad to advance to the second round of the playoffs, where they were eliminated by the Warriors on Wednesday night.
But to compare Stotts's success to that of Kerr, who was named NBA Coach of the Year late last month, is a joke, bruh. After all, Kerr led the defending champion Warriors to a 73-9 record, the best single-season mark in NBA history. How can you look past that? The only knock on Kerr was that he missed the first 43 games of the season due to personal health issues, but it wasn't like his system wasn't in place during his absence.
We see the little darts you're throwing at the Warriors, the same squad that defeated your Cavs in last year's NBA Finals.
Here's the caveat in doing so: if your Cavs face Curry, Kerr and the Warriors in a Finals rematch next month, you better beat them. It's as simple as that.
King James is already looking like King Petty out here, scrutinizing the "valuable" part of Curry's MVP, which was the first unanimous MVP in league history, and now saying another coach was deserving of Coach of the Year honors over Kerr.
But if LeBron and the Cavs lose to the Warriors in the Finals for the second straight year, we're going to have to knock the King off "King James," because it will be abundantly clear that Curry reigns supreme over the NBA as a back-to-back MVP and champion.
Long way to go before then, though. Curry and the defending champion Warriors still need to get past the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, beginning Monday night. Meanwhile, LeBron's Cavs await the winner of the Toronto Raptors-Miami Heat series — not that King James is watching.
Listen... maybe LeBron knows exactly what he's doing by unleashing these comments. He has been criticized in the past for being too friendly towards his competition, including Curry, publicly praising him after an insane performance in a nationally televised game this past February.
Perhaps this shade is the debut of LeBron's mean streak. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, his Cavs are the only undefeated squad left in the playoffs — a perfect 8-0 through the first two rounds.
Let's see if he can back up his shade by bringing a championship to the Land, though.
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