LeBron James is much like every other Ohio State fan in that he's an international superstar with millions of dollars in the bank and also loves to watch Michigan lose almost as much as the Buckeyes win.
And last night, even the world's greatest basketball player stood helpless as the Wolverines took the court for their second swing at a national title in five years.
Donte DiVincenzo, who came off the bench to drop 31 points, and the Villanova Wildcats had different ideas.
James, speaking with reporters Tuesday morning following a Cavaliers shootaround ahead of tonight's Eastern Conference showdown in Cleveland against the Toronto Raptors, crowned the Cats as the nation's best while also taking a dig at the losers.
From Ben Axelrod of wkyc.com:
"Villanova was the best team in college basketball this year," said James, who entered the NBA straight out of high school in 2003. "When their National Player of the Year [guard Jalen Brunson] is on the sideline with four fouls for the majority of the second half and you're still winning, that let's you know how great of a team you are. Donte, obviously he was great, the kid [Mikal] Bridges was shooting the heck out of the ball. The one kid, No. 4, I call him 'Baby Millsap,' [Eric] Paschall, I call him 'Baby Millsap,' he's a matchup problem."
"The best team won. And I'm actually happy they won, because we don't really speak that other team's name around here," James said with a smile. "I feel for the kids though."
Critics can say what they want about LeBron James. The man remains acutely aware of his investments.
Raptors at Cavs tips off at 7 p.m. on FSOH.