It seems that LeBron James was so confident in the ineptitude of Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert that he told his opponent his plan for the Miami Heat's final offensive play during Game Five last night:
"I asked him straight up right before the play," Hibbert explained via Pacers.com's Scott Agness.
"I was like, 'You gonna pass to Bosh?' And he said if I'm in the paint he will."
James did indeed drive to the paint with only seconds remaining and the score sitting at 92-90 in the Pacers favor before sending the ball to Bosh at the corner of the arc to make a three-shot that would have won the game for the Heat had it landed.
Hibbert however did not have faith that James was being honest with him, instead choosing to follow James into the paint rather than guard Bosh:
"We were just joking around. I thought he was going to the basket and I tried to help my teammate out and those guys covered for me," Hibbert continued.
In the end it all worked out well for Hibbert and the Pacers as Bosh saw his effort bounce out of the rim, but the story is an interesting insight into the confidence of LeBron James as well as the continued struggles of Hibbert.
Such is James' prowess that he feels it acceptable to reveal plays to his opponents even in the clutch moments.
We doubt LeBron will be so kind when Game Six rolls around with the Pacers eyeing a comeback.