Why LeBron James skipped the press conference after NBA Finals Game 2 loss

Having a “podium game” usually is an honor in the NBA playoffs. But LeBron James has had enough of the press conference scene.

That might sound like an angry player blowing off the media, especially after his Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors 132-113 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. But that’s not the way James operates these days. He’s incredibly gracious with his time and willing to answer tough questions after losses.

He just wants to do it at his locker.

Windhorst is referring to the instances where a player has to stand around and wait for either a preceding press conference to end or a teammate to join him, like how Kevin Durant waited for Stephen Curry after Game 1. It also requires the player to leave his locker room to find the media room, which often can be a bizarrely windy task when the hallways get crowded after the game.

Tyronn Lue and Kevin Love, who had 27 points and seven rebounds. That’s a reasonable selection for the press conference — though still missing the guy who had a 29-point triple-double — and it’s a little unfair that a player like James has to always be the podium guy. Moreover, the media should know that players tend to answer questions better when they’re in a comfortable setting.

For his part, James was one of the first people to speak, taking off his shirt and addressing the media at his locker. He even got into a back and forth after being asked about the importance of protecting home court in Games 3 and 4.

We don’t need a podium to find that entertaining.

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