LEBRON James isn’t a happy man.
The star forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers was caught in controversy earlier in the day when the New York Daily News posted a rumour saying the 32-year-old was pushing for the Cavs to trade star Kevin Love to New York to acquire his friend Carmelo Anthony for the franchise.
The New York publication claimed a “league source” leaked the information about James’ alleged push for the trade, catching the attention of major sporting news website like ESPN and Bleacher Report.
The controversial call outing James’ loyalty to his teammate caused an instant stir in post-match interviews on Tuesday.
“I saw it, I heard about it,” James said after pulling the Cavaliers to an incredible win over the Washington Wizards. “It’s trash and the guy who wrote it is trash too, especially writing it during a game like that. That’s just outside noise for us.”
Kevin Love was equally annoyed with the rumours, suggesting he and James barely had time to complete their match before being bombarded with allegations.
“It’s a lie,” Love said. “What do they say? A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put his pants on.”
The speculation over James’ push for a roster shake-up comes after his recent comments pondering over the Cavaliers’ issue with a “top-heavy” unit.
“We’re not better than last year,” James said in January. “We’re a top-heavy team. We’re top-heavy as s***. It’s me, (Kyrie Irving), (Kevin Love). It’s top-heavy.”
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A sneaky play by point guard Kyrie Irving in extra time — which saw him dribble through his legs, bemusing his defensive opponent before slotting a three-pointer — put the Cavs ahead after a nailbiting match of back-and-forth momentum.
LeBron James scored 32 points, notched a career-high 17 assists and forced overtime with a stunning three-pointer as the Cavs pulled home a 140-135 win in the NBA thriller.
James fouled out in overtime but enjoyed watching on as co-star Kyrie Irving took over, scoring scored 11 of his 23 points in the extra period including a tiebreaking three-pointer with 35 seconds left amid a playoff-type atmosphere in Washington.
The loud, sellout crowd was standing, and so were the players on both benches, when James somehow missed a gimme layup late in the fourth quarter. Moments later, he banked in a maximum-degree-of-difficulty, step-back triple with 0.3 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Fellow Cavaliers star Kevin Love had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Eastern Conference leaders, who ended surging Washington’s winning streaks of 17 in a row at home and seven in a row overall.