This is it. This is the one. This flop/dive/fake injury is the one that is so over the top that it's more of an unintentional comedy than a poorly acted drama. This is a movie that you'll watch every single time it's on, because it's just so goddamn bad that it's actually good. Generally speaking, I find it insufferable when the most physically imposing athlete of my generation makes a complete mockery of himself, but I had the biggest smile on my face throughout this entire sequence of events. The combination of the elbow being so harmless combined with the ludicrous progression from him standing under the basket wincing to writhing around on the ground at half court? Shit, mix in the fact that the Cavaliers were getting absolutely embarrassed, and the lack of subtlety in his blatant attempt to call it an early night becomes quite humorous.
I guess I just have one question here. How long will it take for us to believe him when LeBron James actually does suffer a serious injury in the future? I'm not hoping the best player in basketball goes down for an extended period of time, but - due to his style of play and sheer minute totals - his body is sure to break down at some point. It might involve a freak accident, but I would consider it a likelihood that even someone as superhuman as LeBron James ends up on the IR.
When that happens, I'm not sure there's any amount screaming, limping, wincing, stopping, dropping, or rolling that will convince me he's actually hurt. I mean, Deron Williams has been LeBron James' teammate for approximately one pay cycle and his level of "concern" had him dribbling around his corpse before standing over him (potentially) thinking "are you done yet?". His resume speaks for itself and he's very much shown he's a grown ass man on the court, but he's also proven - time and time again - that he's "the boy that cried devastating pain" when he's laying lifelessly on it. I have legitimately watched LeBron James die on the hardwood upwards of 7 times, but - statistically speaking - he's taken more personal days for mid-season vacations than games off for actual injuries. If the Cavaliers were losing by more than ten points then I think it make take a protruding bone for me to believe that the injury bug finally bit him. He could tear his ACL and get carried to the locker room by multiple trainers and his coaches would probably be like "feel better Bron, see ya at practice tomorrow morning!". Anything short of him being wheeled courtside in a body cast while his x-ray was displayed on the JumboTron and I would call bullshit. He has absolutely earned these jokes and that skepticism.