'Damn Cameras': LeBron James Had No Idea We Were Using His Reaction To J.R. Smith's Mishap To Live Our Best Cyber Lives
"I finally got Game One out of my head."
Cleveland Cavaliers player J.R. Smith has been buzzing in the media lately and this time, not just because of his love for Hennessy. With Game One of the NBA Finals tied and 4.7 seconds left in regulation, Cleveland’s George Hill missed his second free throw. J.R. Smith rebounded it and inexplicably dribbled away the clock. His gaffe cost the Cavs a victory against the Golden State Warriors, and LeBron's reaction pretty much sums up how all Cavaliers fans felt in that moment.
In true social media fashion, his reaction has since become a viral meme.
When you tryna explain to your mom that errybody in the class failed the test...— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) June 1, 2018'
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As both teams gear up for Game Three, reporters asked James about his feelings toward the hilarious meme.
“It went viral?” James asked, according to the New York Post. “Damn cameras. I finally got Game One out of my head. You’re taking me back, huh?”
It's no surprise that James was out of the loop regarding what's trending since he goes on an infamous social media blackout each year during the playoffs and finals.
The Warriors currently lead the series 2-0; however, the Cavs are hoping for a victory as they head back to their home court in Cleveland. Despite presently being down, it isn't as though the team has never come back from a 3-1 deficit against Golden State.
King James explained more about his feelings toward the results of Game One.
“I was sitting on the bench and kind of just contemplating the last couple seconds of what just happened,” James said. "Before J.R. threw the ball to G-Hill … I actually tried to call timeout. I got to the bench, first thing that came to my mind [was], ‘OK, I was calling a timeout. … If we didn’t have any, I’m glad they didn’t give it to me. I didn’t want another C-Webb [Chris Webber] incident."
“I asked our coaching staff if we had a timeout," he continued. "They told me, yes. I guess y’all probably seen the reaction from that point.”
Despite many people completely understanding why he reacted the way that he did, some critics have said that James didn't exude enough leadership for his teammates in doing so. For that rhetoric, James has no time.
“I don’t care. I don’t care at all,” James said nonchalantly. “We’re in the NBA Finals. How much more picking up of teammates do you want me to do?”
Although LeBron will not apologize for his reaction, he still has hope for his teammates and the city of Cleveland.
“We look forward to the challenge, (but) it’s a very tall task,” he admitted at his NBA press conference. “A very tough challenge, going against this team. But we have an opportunity to seize the opportunity, so I look forward to that.”
Game Three is tonight (June 6) at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.