For all his bravado, LeBron James is actually one of the more even-tempered stars in the NBA. Whereas guys like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant lead the league in technical fouls, James usually does not let his emotions get the best of him.
That's why it was surprising to hear the league's reigning MVP speak so candidly about his recent dunk on Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry.
During the Heat-Celtics game on Monday, James destroyed Terry on an alley-oop in the second quarter. Afterwards, James uncharacteristically picked up a technical foul for taunting Terry.
James addressed the situation on Wednesday, and his comments are sure to add fuel to the fire. Rather than look past the dunk or brush off questions, James took on Terry directly.
"I've had a chance to (review) it and it was one of my better ones,” James told reporters. "The fact that it happened to J.T. made it that much sweeter. Because we all know J.T. and he talks too much sometimes. And I'm glad it happened to him."
This is a pretty significant statement from James, whose copious dunks are stuff of legend. For him to single out this one is definitely meaningful.
When he said Terry "talks too much sometimes," James may have been referring to some comments Terry made before Monday's matchup.
When asked if he was impressed by the Heat's then-21 game winning streak, Terry said:
"(I’m) not really impressed with it or anything that they do."
The play reminded many of Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan's slam dunk on Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight. But following that dunk, Knight joked about the ordeal on Twitter.
Terry, however, refused to make light of his situation.
"I'm not even commenting," Terry said about the play. "No comment. Zero. I have none. A basketball play."
(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)