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LeBron James won’t call Cavaliers underdog (or ‘overdog’) against Warriors

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - Game Six

TORONTO, ON - MAY 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates their 113 to 87 win over the Toronto Raptors in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 27, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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The Warriors are favored to beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

LeBron James, via Joe Vardon of

“Not my concern,” he said. “I don’t get involved in all of that – underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It’s stupidity.”

Before last year’s Eastern Conference finals, LeBron said “I would never be an underdog.” And he’s right. It’s not fair, but he’s right.

LeBron is the only player in the league who will face more criticism for losing in the Finals – against a 73-9 team, no less – than missing the Finals entirely. We can all acknowledge that the Cavs are underdogs, but if they lose, there will be no end of hot takes slamming LeBron for again failing in the Finals.

So, I don’t blame LeBron for refusing to embrace the underdog role that many would in this situation. It’s not as if he’ll be treated that way, anyway.