Professional athletes, particularly the best of the best, often seem like gods among men, making the ridiculous look relatively commonplace. And for Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, the ridiculous has become the expected.
Nonetheless, both basketball superstars expressed profound humility and faith after clinching berths in the 2016 NBA Finals, thanking God for bringing them success.
James shed several tears during a postgame interview with ESPN’s Doris Burke minutes after he led Cleveland to a 113-87 rout of the Toronto Raptors, struggling to hold back his emotions.
“I’m just very humbled and gracious that the man above has given me an opportunity to play the game that I love,” a choked-up James said when asked about his accomplishments on the court. “I get to go out here and do it every single night in front of my fans…It means everything.”
It was a genuine moment of vulnerability from arguably the greatest athlete in all of sports, a man dubbed the “King” by his adoring fans.
Approached by ESPN’s Marc Stein immediately after completing a miraculous comeback against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Curry also did not hesitate to give credit to a higher power for the Warriors’ hard-fought victories.
“God is amazing,” he told Stein while donning his Finals t-shirt. “Blessed to be healthy, help my teammates out.”
Curry, the reigning Most Valuable Player, has never shied away from expressing his faith, calling himself a “Believer” in his Twitter bio as well as citing Philippians 4:13.
The two God-fearing superstars will face off in the NBA Finals beginning Thursday night.