After the clocked wound down in Thursday night’s playoff-esque battle between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James embraced Tim Duncan. Amateur lip reading made it seem like Duncan ended their little fete under the basket with “I appreciate that.”
It was clear LeBron was expressing his admiration for the five-time champion. But James went a step further after the game, posting an Instagram message where LeBron called the Big Fundamental the “Greatest PF to ever play this game.”
LeBron’s personal tribute translated to the special selection of his shoes too. James laced up a brand new version of the Nike LeBron 13, which implements a true Spurs colorway… a look that is very rare for The King. It’s possible it’s just another method of expressing his appreciation.