LeBron James is still a dominant force in the NBA.
He’s also one of the most underrated players in history.
James is a 6’10”, 260-pound, five-time NBA champion and one of five active players with an MVP award.
And he has had to play with some of the worst players in the league since taking over as the league’s most popular player in 2003.
But the Cleveland Cavaliers star still manages to dominate in almost every way possible.
Watch James and his teammates at their best and their worst moments as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
LeBron James on Kobe Bryant: “I think he has an uncanny ability to get his body up to block shots.
He just gets to that level of physicality.
And then he does it in a way that’s hard to do.
That’s a good thing.
“James on LeBron’s recent comments about Kobe Bryant’s body: “We are not talking about Kobe.
We’re not talking Kobe.
This is about me and the team.
I’m the one who’s going to have to deal with that.
We are not dealing with Kobe.
It’s the NBA.
“James and Bryant share the same agent, Jerry Buss, and James is reportedly considering the possibility of a contract extension that would pay Bryant at least $50 million over the next four seasons.
James’ comments are particularly controversial because they come after he called Bryant “a monster.”
Bryant has since denied those comments, saying they are just “bulls—.”
Watch the highlights of James and the Lakers in this Game 4 highlight reel.
Kobe Bryant on LeBron James: “You can’t be a competitor with that kind of attitude.
You can’t even be in that type of locker room.
“Bryant on how he’s dealing with James’ recent comments: “The way he goes about things, that’s what we’ve been doing all year.
He makes a big deal out of nothing and we just go about our business.
“LeBron James with his wife, Kourtney, and son, Jayden.
Kobe says he doesn’t believe in a two-game playoff series, which would see the Cavaliers win the series in seven games.
Kobe and the Cavs are 3-0 in their last five games and have already eliminated the Lakers.
LeBron on how his team has responded to James’ public comments: I think it’s just one of those things where it’s like, ‘Man, you gotta be kidding me.
That dude’s not kidding.’
You just have to keep going and go at it.
You gotta continue to fight.
It is what it is.
You’re going to keep fighting.
And it will come.
It will come.”
Kobe Bryant with his mother, Gloria, and father, Lonzo.
Kobe said he has talked to his wife about his recent comments.
“I have a good relationship with my wife.
We’ve been talking.
I said, ‘You know what?
I think this is something that’s been going on for a long time.
This doesn’t matter to me anymore.’
We’re good now.
I think she’s in the process of figuring out where this is all coming from.”
Kobe said his wife has asked him about his comments, and he’s just as shocked as anyone else.
“She told me she just wants to move on.
She’s happy where she is now.
And she’s really proud of where she was when she was growing up.”
LeBron on Kobe’s recent comment that his body is “not even good enough” to play at the NBA level: “It’s not like it’s the way he plays.
I know the way I play, and I’m not going to say anything else.
But it’s not even close.
I have no doubt in my mind that he’s not the same player he was, if you’re asking me that.
I don’t think he’s the same guy.”
James with the Cavs after Game 4.
LeBron says he’s proud of his teammates’ work ethic: “When you see the way our guys go about their business, and you watch the way they play, that tells you what they’re capable of.
And that’s why you have a lot of success, I think.
I mean, I just know that’s how we play.
And we’re just getting better at it every single day.
And I just want to thank my teammates for their hard work and the effort they put in.
That means the world to me.”
James said the Lakers had the “most fun” of his team in Game 3, but he had to deal on the road against one of his best teammates.
“We had a very tough road to go through,” James said.
“The Lakers had one of their best offensive nights of the year.
So it’s tough when you’re playing the most important game of your life.
But that’s just part of the game.
That was our day.”