Tiger Fight, September 27. In the fifth game of the Western Conference Finals that ended today, the Lakers defeated the Nuggets 117-107, and the series scored 4-1 to advance to the finals. After the game, Lakers forward LeBron James accepted an exclusive interview with NBA reporter Dave McMenamin.
When asked about the significance of entering the finals for the 10th time in his career, James said: "At present, until I get it, this XX is meaningless. I have to win it."
James recalled his first official game wearing a Lakers jersey against the Nuggets in the preseason opener. "I remember that preseason game," James said, "I remember we ran out of the player channel. I remember my first pass to the most improved player of the year (Brandon Ingram), he A layup was scored. It was a wonderful moment. I remember the first goal I scored was a three-pointer from Jokic in the face. I remember the ball. And the audience, XX, that was very special. It was very special."
"I have been motivated throughout the season," James said, "the entire season. Even during the suspension. I am still training."
The late team star Kobe Bryant once said in a press conference to announce that he would skip college and enter the NBA draft, "I will bring my talent to the NBA." James announced to join the Heat in 2010. His free agent also said when he decided, "I will bring my talent to the South Coast."
When James was reminded of the coincidence between him and Kobe, he said: "He really said that? Oh, XX, really? No, I didn't know about it before. I didn't know. It was funny. Some crazy things are happening."
In this game, James played 40 minutes, 15 of 25 shots, 38 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 steal.