The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-90 in what many were attempting to build as a LeBron James redemption-type of contest.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich understands the often narrow focus on LeBron James by the media and before the game addressed the matter.
Popovich has been in the NBA for 18 years with the Spurs, he has amassed an incredible amount of knowledge that has led to five NBA championships with the franchise, his understanding of a player and the evaluation is of brilliant accuracy.
LeBron James and Gregg Popovich share the utmost respect for one another, the pair have faced each other in three NBA finals and the Spurs coach has watched the King develop into the talent he is today.
The levels of criticism that surrounds LeBron James is astronomical, it comes with the territory of being the best player in the world today, well Popovich has had some strong words for the players critics: "go swim in the lake".
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"Go swim in the lake"
Before Wednesday night's game, Popovich expressed his admiration for the Cavaliers superstar LeBron James as he told ESPN's Dave McMenamin:
Extremely high praise from Popovich towards the four-time MVP, the Spurs coach has never been one particularly found of the circus-nature attached to the media, often why his interviews are so blunt.
It's easy to dissect every little aspect of a players game, but only the best have it magnified like LeBron James.
Great defence by Popovich, one of the best coaches the game has ever seen, to LeBron James, one of the best players the game has ever seen.