LeBron James, in his 10th straight postseason and en route to a dominant series win over the Raptors, doesn’t feel he has anything left to prove.
“Seriously, what else would I have (to prove),” James said to Cleveland.com after the Cavs’ Game 3 win. “I've won championships, I won my first one and I've won for my teammates, I came home and won. There isn't anything I have left to prove.”
Against Toronto Friday, James put forth another dominant performance. He finished with 35 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and went 15-16 from the line as Cleveland improved to 7-0 in the playoffs. In those seven games, James is averaging 34 points, 9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.6 blocks while 57 percent from the field. As Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said after Game 2, LeBron is playing like LeBron.
He noted, too, that money isn’t a motivator for him. His net worth is $275 million, according to Forbes, and he has a lifetime deal with Nike worth a reported $1 billion. He, and his family, are already set for life.
“The only thing I worried about when it comes to money was not to go broke,” James said. “It wasn't about how much do I need to earn; it was keeping what I have, saving what I have. Where I came from, I'm not going back there.”
James also made it clear that he’s not checked out of the sport or going to retire anytime soon - he’s just done proving himself to others even as he’s accomplished every task put in front of him. What he still wants to do — win more titles, perhaps surpass Michael Jordan as the best player ever as he’s publicly acknowledged before — is all for him.
“I know what you're saying, but I'm not free, because my passion for this game is so huge, it's enormous, and my desire to be great is ridiculous,” James said. “My desire to be great, to be great at this game I love so much, that trumps everything else.”